If there is anything that I am thankful to my mom for is teaching me the art of conversation. As a teacher, she instilled in me being nice to others, manners, and business etiquette. One of these lessons will always include sending a thank you note. Thank you notes are the last gem needed to every great conversation, event, etc you needed. Here are five things you need in a thank you note:
Start off with the person’s name.
You are personalizing the card. You want to make sure that your message of gratitude come across on. Personalize the card is the first place to start.
Mention something you may have talked about with the person.
Again, you want to personalize the card. You want to show that you have listened to what they had to say. It shows that you are a good listener.
Show people that you care by explaining why they have this card.
This helps explain why you are sending them a card and how they were helpful to you. Everyone loves to feel like they have known they have helped someone. This shows initiative and you are acknowledging their efforts.
Make sure the thank you card is representative of you.
This means if you have a brand, it would be best to have a personalized one. Even if you don’t have a brand, you can customize for your personal life. My mother got personalized thank you cards for me while I was in high school. It really set a big impression.
Send the thank you card a few days after the event, conversation, etc.
If you know their mailing address, go ahead and write a thank you note and send it. If you don’t know their address or can’t find it, there is a great service called Paperless Post*. Paperless Post is an online service that sends invitations, greeting cards, and thank you cards through an email provider. It is also a service to help collect RSVPs, which is a perfect way to collect information to send a thank you note later. You can also purchase nice physical thank you cards through their sister brand, Paper Source.
With these five tips, I hope you are showing appreciation for people. A nice thank you card can show that you are attentive, appreciate other people for their time and kindness, and you are great at carrying a conversation. Being a good conversationalist, you should adhere to old etiquette. It really shows the art of conversation.
*Thank you to Paperless Post for gifting me the opportunity to try your service. It is truly a perfect way to incorporate the old with the new.