Expressing gratitude to others takes a certain kind of noticing.
Once you pick up on something that person cares about, showing gratitude can be pretty easy — and fun.
Consider these six practices:
Send a specific thank-you note
An old-fashioned, hand-written thank you note on nice paper still goes a long way. Be specific, say why you are thanking them, and show them how your conversation made an impact on you.
Send something fun
Busy people get a lot of inbound communication; if you want to stand out, make your communication stand out. People get fewer handwritten notes than emails, so notes always win. But people get even fewer FedEx packages. So consider a package — or at least something beyond a note.
Make an introduction
Bringing two people together can be a serendipitous and generous act — that can spawn companies, friendships, and even marriages.
Offer to help — and deliver
At the end of a meeting, you could ask: “So – -you have helped me so much here. Is there anything I could possibly help you with?”
Circle back at a later date
Most people walk out of a meeting and do nothing. More organized people send an email. And the even more organized a hand-written note. But for nearly everyone, meetings are forgotten within a few weeks. Consider staying engaged by setting yourself a reminder to do something at a later date.
Make a good old-fashioned phone call
Many of your contacts won’t be able to answer during the workday, but even leaving a voicemail provides an opportunity to say thanks, tell them you are thinking of them, and even offer a little encouragement.
Small, regular practices of gratitude can change your life – -you’ll be healthier and sharper, as will those around you.