How do you say thank you? There isn’t just one right way. Expressing gratitude is customisable. A thank you can be an act or a service. It will vary according to how long you’ve known someone, how well you know them, and what your working relationship is like.
Saying thank you doesn’t mean that you have to rush out and buy an expensive gift. A carefully considered and sincere thank-you card or letter goes a long way in expressing appreciation. These are some creative ways you can say thank you thoughtfully and earnestly.
- Hire a professional designer to craft a fresh and eye-catching e-card or mailer. If you are a small business owner, this is a fantastic option. A freelance designer can create beautiful thank you mailers you can personalise. Be original and ask the designer to incorporate some of your key brand elements (without making it seem like an overt sales pitch or an over-bearing reminder that you’ll be waiting for business next year)!
- Write from the heart, but use a spelling and grammar tool!Writing a thank-you message is one time you can express your emotions (appropriately) in message format. Be courteous and humble. Acknowledge the person’s contribution. Be succinct and sincere. Remember to use a spelling and grammar tool, though!
- Personalise each message to convince the receiver of your sincerity. Have you ever had someone send you a message clearly meant for someone else? It’s a bit like receiving a recycled gift: You know, like when someone didn’t want one of their wedding or birthday gifts and repurposed it by giving it to you. (It may even have come with the original card and name tag still attached).
Please don’t be that person. Read and reread your message. Check the spelling of the recipient’s name. Perhaps most importantly, send it to the correct person if you have multiple contacts with the same first name. Your message should include an anecdote or reference that convinces the recipient you care about them and their contribution to your life, career, or a project you worked on together.
The phrase “Happy holidays” can be divisive. Some people love it, others hate it. To play it safe, say something like:
Thank you for your contribution to our new project, it was a pleasure to work with you!
I wish you well over the festive season and holidays and look forward to speaking with you again next year.
All the best,
There you have it: Thank you messages are really simple and don’t require a lot of time or effort. These principles work across a variety of personal and professional contexts. Put them into practice whenever, and wherever, you can!
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