November 23, 2011
Thanks, Wisdom and Gratitude
It takes about five seconds to send a thank you email. The recipient scans it, then deletes it.
These days, taking the extra step with a new business connection or to show gratitude to coworkers makes you stand out.
What’s the secret? It’s a matter of getting back to basics.
“When you are appreciative and respectful of other’s energy, input, ideas and value others time, you demonstrate how you also wish to be treated in return,” says Robyn Spizman, VP of A Legendary Event.
“Anyone can see straight through a generic thank you – whether it’s an email or handwritten note,” she explains. While personalized notes convey extra effort,
“the key is to show thought and consideration. When you express your feelings, someone [can feel] your sincerity.”
When crafting a thank you note, “just saying ‘thanks for your time’ is not enough,” says Spizman. She suggests being specific about what someone did for you, what the positive results were and why you value their actions.
Experts point out that a thank you note may be especially beneficial as a follow-up from a new business meeting or job interview. It shows professionalism, gives the recipient a reminder about your interest and provides another chance to explain why you’re the best choice.
Plus, keep in mind it's unwise to ask for things like favors in a thank you note.
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By Caroline Cox
“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” Doris Day
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