Thank You!

I recently attended a panel discussion where I was reminded of the power of appreciation.  The panel consisted of people who had foundations to give away money.  The question was asked, what has been your most important lesson when it comes to fund raising?  The answer – remember to thank your contributors!

Wow, so simple and yet so powerful.  How many times do you say thank you in a day, a week, a month?  How do you show your appreciation to those around you?

Appreciation can become a habit that is second nature to you.  Creating any habit starts with deliberate action. Incorporate one of this tips in your everyday practice.

Tip 1:  Snail Mail.  Always send a hand written thank you note to any colleagues that buy you lunch, dinner, a drink or give you a great tip.  It’s so unusual to receive a hand written note that you’ll be a standout!

Tip 2:  Practice.  Set a goal to verbally appreciate at least five people a day (more if you can).  Make sure you’re specific.  A simple “thank you” is nice.  A thank you with specifics gets remembered.

Tip 3:  Appreciation journal.  At the end of each day write down five things that you are thankful for.  This is a powerful way to ensure your attitude stays on the positive.

Tip 4:  Social media.  Retweet a good tweet.  Thank someone who is following you.  Comment on a facebook post.  Congratulate someone on a new job through LinkedIn.  Thank someone who has connected with you.  You will get noticed.

Tip 5:  Personalize.  Once a week, go the extra mile.  It may mean bringing in treats for your staff, sending a colleague their favorite candy, or clipping a newspaper article that you know someone might be interested in.  Get creative, taking a few moments to do something extra will show that you care.

Tip 6:  Reconnect.  Is there someone you haven’t talked to in awhile?  Pick up the phone or send an email just to say you were thinking about them.  It’s a great way to build your network.

How do you show your appreciation?  What are some of your habits?  When was the last time you told your boss they are great to work for?  Appreciation can happen from the top down, side to side or from the bottom up.  Leave your comments below to share what has worked for you.

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