When I grew up in northern NJ in the late 50’s, we were brought up to be polite and courteous. It was automatic. When we received a gift of any kind not only did we verbally say ‘Thank you’ at the time, but we followed it up with a written thank you note. And mailed it.
In friendship, and even more so in business, how do we show gratitude for something someone has done for us, or given us?
Besides saying ‘Thank You’ in person at the time you receive the gift….
- Do you text a reply on your phone?
- Do you write an email?
- Do you send an ecard?
- Or do you send a beautiful Thank You note in which you express your gratitude in writing?
If you were on the receiving end, having gifted someone something, what would make you feel the most happiness and joy?
And even more importantly, what do you think they would want in order to feel appreciated?
I’m sure you would like to do something that you will be remembered by…
Besides the ideas above….Here are a couple of suggestions:
- If you received a toy for your child from someone special, sending a picture to the giver on their phone or email, of the child receiving or playing with the toy, may just do the trick for them to feel appreciated!
- Sending a Thank you card instead of a Christmas/New Year’s card, reminiscing about a time that was important to you both, or something funny, or a difficult time you both shared, and then how important they are to you, might be more touching to them than that Holiday greeting.
To stand out at the Holidays with your business, you may need to be creative and really think ‘outside the box’ with your clients.
What do you know about them personally that you can appeal to?
Think in terms of their Children, their Alma Mater, travel destinations they love, hobbies and interests…..
If you don’t know these things, make a point of learning them this coming year.
The following video provides a good starting point for penning beautiful Thank You notes that will be remembered and appreciated: https://youtu.be/Ji6fAHvJ2iE
(The video is addressed to men, but trust me, follow these suggestions, and you will become known as The One With Courtesy and Manners and Grace!)
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“God gave you a gift of 84,600 seconds today.
Have you used one of them to say thank you?”
~ William Arthur Ward