Growing up, my mom used to make us write thank you notes for everything. Even the lamest, last minute five and dime gift from friends of friends we barely even knew. She said regardless of the gift, it’s always the deed that counts. Someone was thoughtful to us and we should be thoughtful in return. That advice stayed with me and I carried it all through my career and also through my life as a mom. My son, much to his chagrin, has to send thank you notes as well.
Saying Thank You Can Get You Noticed
As many people who I freelanced for over the years can attest, I always send a “thank you for the opportunity” note after a job is done and this has presented me with more work on many occasions. Clients appreciate the professionalism, the customer service and the good manners. Every year around this time I also send thank you notes to the woman who spends two and a half hours getting out my gray every six weeks, the people who care for my lawn and anyone else who has done something nice for me – even if I paid them for their service.
As a Community Manager I also send thank you’s to many people who take the time out of their schedule for an interview with us. I just feel it’s the right thing to do. Recently, after sending him a thank you note, I was rewarded with this “Tweet” from social media whiz Chris Brogan. When someone like Chris takes the time out to make note of your work, you know you’re on the right track.
I also send thank yous to people who interview me for jobs, even if I don’t make the cut. Once, even though I didn’t get the job a client remembered my thoughtfulness and professionalism and hired me for a more lucrative project. I also send thank you’s to folks who interview me for their blogs or podcasts. After all, they’re helping to promote me and what I do. They deserve a thanks too.
Why Say Thanks?
Here, in a nutshell, are the reasons I say thank you on a regular basis:
- Because it’s good manners
- Because people appreciate the appreciation
- Because it gets me noticed
- Because folks remember my name
- Because it feels good
- Because it’s good to give credit when it’s due
- Because a good deed should always be rewarded
- Because it’s good follow up
Be Thankful, Even When You Get Nothing in Return
It feels good to say thank you, even if you’re getting nothing in return. I thank every cashier for taking the time to ring up my order and every server who brings me food. I thank people who open doors or let me in front of them while driving. I don’t always get a “you’re welcome” in return, but that’s not the point. I do it, because it’s how I was raised, and my mom hasn’t been wrong yet.
Do you take time out to thank clients or the people who do a good job? Who do you show your appreciation to, and how?