“The joy I get from winning a major championship doesn’t even compare to the feeling I get when a kid writes a letter saying: ‘Thank you so much. You have changed my life.’” ~Tiger Woods
Reading a thank-you note is a wonderful feeling. Have
you recently received a thank-you note? From whom? When’s the last time you sent someone a thank-you note?
I’ve added 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life by John Kralik to my reading list. Becky Brillon, Program Director of the
Community Career Center, recommended it.
Scott Gerber, principal and CEO of the Gerber Group,
was featured on Learning From the Pros on “Your Business,” a TV show on Sunday mornings. He
offered four guidelines for entrepreneurial success. His last tip was “say
thank you.” Ten years ago Scott received a handwritten thank-you letter from his
server two days after going to a club. He was impressed. After that, Scott and
his staff started sending thank-you notes to customers and their staff.
Next week I’ll offer guidelines for writing business
Some of my favorite thank-yous were written and
illustrated by the 5th graders at Pleasant Hill Elementary School where I
volunteer. Those notes are better than a pay check! One student wrote he
thought I was going to be a mean teacher because I taught college. Another
student drew a picture of a beaver on the front of the card.
What’s the nicest thank-you note you’ve received? Who
sent it? A client? A vendor? An applicant? An employee? What made it special?
Judy Beaver, The Office Pro
Founder of National Proofreading Day