Stressful times often ferret out who’s got their manners glued to them tightly, and who is just being buffeted about by the winds of chance.
Don’t let the pressure sour your outlook so much so that your good manners slip. How about improving your manners? WRITE SOMEONE A THANK YOU NOTE!
That’s right…a good, old-fashioned, handwritten thank you note.
TO WHOM DO YOU WRITE?
How about ANYONE?
A new client, an old client, a special vendor, a prospect, a business associate, a boss, an employee, your mailman, you great aunt, whomever happens to be on your mind at that moment in time.
I’m not talking War and Peace here, just a few short lines letting someone know you appreciate something they did, some quality they have, or simply just for being them!
And they will appreciate getting a handwritten note…because NO ONE DOES IT ANYMORE!
Don’t have any stationery?
Don’t overwhelm yourself, though, just try to write one a day, or even one a week. Simply having a heightened sense of gratitude may improve your attitude and disposition.
And, how about saying YOU’RE WELCOME as and when you should?
When someone says THANK YOU, the proper reply is YOU’RE WELCOME.
Often, we use colloquialisms, such as NO PROBLEM, SURE THING, ANYTIME, or NO BIG DEAL.
However, all of those replies downplay the action for which you are being thanked, and you don’t want to do that.
Whoever is thanking you should understand that you went to some effort to perform whatever action caused his THANK YOU. So, go ahead and EARN THAT THANKS BY SAYING YOU’RE WELCOME and taking credit for your laudable action.