As Thanksgiving nears, we think not only of thanking God for his many blessings as the pilgrims did, but also thanking those important to us, like the Indians were to the pilgrims.
Thank yous with the greatest impact for those people important to you:
1. Human Touch – As we have more virtual meetings and online friendships, there is something really powerful about taking a moment to stop what you are doing, walk up to someone, make sincere eye contact, and shake their hand as you express thanks for how they’ve helped you, for doing business with your organization, for ways they’ve gone above and beyond, or for times they’ve extended themselves beyond their comfort zone.
2. Your Time and Attention – With a multitude of demands on our time, to get even a few moments of someone’s time is very precious. Take the time to write a handwritten thank you note, take someone to lunch, spend time listening to them when they are vying for your attention, or focus on a project they have said is important and you haven’t had time to work on.
3. Thoughtful Gifts – It is so easy today to buy gifts. Within moments online, you can sort through a million options, find a great gift, probably even on special, pay to have it gift wrapped and have it mailed directly to someone. But, have you spent the time to think of what they would really enjoy? Something that is unique and different? Do you pay attention to what they do for fun, what they eat, or how they spend their free time? A very small gift can be just as powerful as an expensive or lavish gift when it is personalized to what they value, and hand delivered.
When there is someone in your life whom you appreciate, take the time and energy to thank them in a way that has the greatest impact!