31 October 2013

Learn to Say Thank You // Savvy Business Secrets for Creative Entrepreneurs #31Days


The information in this post could actually be part of a series called "What to do in Life", but it really really really applies in business, so we're putting it here, too.

Ok?

One of the best opportunities we have in life to make people's lives better, make them feel appreciated, acknowledge them and their value in the world is to thank them.  

It's so simple, isn't it? But don't we often forget to stop. And acknowledge a word, an action, a service, time spent, help given, or no reason at all.  Sometimes people just need to hear that they're appreciated, and that we notice them.  It's a beautiful way that we can build into other people's lives.

I love putting the practice of thank you into my own life. I have a long way to go, and still forget at times, because there are 324350956 emails waiting and my laundry just buzzed and my eggs are getting over cooked, and I have a 7:30 meeting, but it's WORTH it.

Here are some of my favorite ways to say Thank You:
  • The age-old handwritten note. It's fun to sweeten up the address area of the envelope, too. I have a Resources pin-board, and pinned some inspiration there.
  • A quick text message.  It's simple, isn't it? Just tell the person you loved seeing them, and thanks for making time.
  • An unexpected treat. I keep a supply of Starbucks gift cards in my desk drawer at work.  When I have a conversation with someone who I can tell just needs a lift, is feeling frustrated or unappreciated, I write a quick note (I found some simple and stylish stationary here) telling them they are doing great work, and I appreciate what they do, stick in the Starbucks card, and off it goes. 
  • Have WARM COOKIES DELIVERED. There's a company in our town that delivers warm cookies and ice cold milk all over town.  It's more of an investment than the other I've given you, but sometimes you need a really unique something that will make an impact. This is it.  Last year for Administrative Professionals Day, our office sent cookies and milk to all our advisors' assistants across town. It was a hit. We've also used it to acknowledge new clients joining our practice.  If you send it to a client's workplace, not only do they become REALLY popular, your name gets out there, too.  You can check to see if they are in your area right here.
This post is part of a series called Savvy Business Secrets for Creative Entrepreneurs. You can read other posts in the series right here, or make a selection based on topic:

Day 1: Why It Matters
Day 2: Business Basics You May Have Forgotten
Day 3: Get Control of your Day
Day 4: Do Looks Really Matter?
Day 5: Find Your People
Day 6: Resources You Should be Using
Day 7: Ask for Help
Day 8: What are you Afraid of?
Day 9: Margin
Day 10: Change Your Surroundings
Day 11: Get (really) Good Before You Go Wide
Day 12: Take your Birthday Off
Day 13: Done is Better than Perfect
Day 14: Learn to Clean Up Messes Gracefully
Day 15: Outsource your Weakness by Trading your Talent
Day 16: Invest in Yourself
Day 17: Allison Lehman of The Wonderjam Savvy Entrepreneur Interview
Day 18: Make it Happen
Day 19: Rebecca Smith of Better Life Bags Savvy Entrepreneur Interview
Day 20: Ask the Pretty Girl to Prom (aka Fall in Love with Rejection)
Day 21: Not a Grey Suit Kind of Gal
Day 22: Erin Souder of Grandiflora Savvy Entrepreneur Interview
Day 23: Help the Little Guy
Day 24: Learn to Say Thank You