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“For I was a stranger and you gave me comfort.”

That statement really hit home when this 84-year-old, shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 10th, tripped and fell in the back parking lot of Western Rib Eyes and Ribs on North Boeke. 

I wish to thank everyone for their assistance and concerns. Special thanks go out to the man who quickly assessed my situation and got a lady to call 911; a man, who even though I was bleeding heavily, gave me something soft to put under my head; to the two persons who took blankets from their cars to cover me so I wouldn’t get cold; to the person who went into the restaurant to let my wife, daughter and son-in-law know that I had fallen; and to the gentleman who walked my mobility impaired wife back to see me. 

I don’t know any of their names but I hope that they will read this and know how much I appreciated their help! Evansville is fortunate to have so many good Samaritans! I also thank the EMT’s who got me to Deaconess Gateway emergency room quickly and to Dr. Daum and his nurse Matt, who gave me excellent care.

- Ray Andersen

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Do you find yourself saying thanks a lot on social media? Ever thought WHY you do that?

In this article, I am going to tell you to stop thanking people. Have I gone mad? I'll tell you why...


I've been blogging for over two years now and it's encouraging to see a lot of people sharing my articles. Some of these people share straight from my blog using one of the social networking share buttons, or from my RSS news feed in Feedly or perhaps on the blogging network, Triberr. I am extremely grateful to these people and I do try and respond to as many of the people who share my articles to say thank you.

But why?

Why do I say thank you on Twitter? A strange question, you ask?

No Thanks!

Being encouraging is part of my nature and I value politeness very highly. I always say please and thank you in real life, so surely it's the same on social media?

Well, kind of...

The thing is, sometimes a "thank you" can lose its value in the noise and sheer volume of posts.

Do you find yourself replying, sending a direct message or commenting with the following?

  1. "Thanks for following me. Looking forward to reading your tweets!"
  2. "Thanks for sharing :-)"
  3. "Thanks for the awesome RTs"

All of the above examples are very polite and encouraging, but what do they actually mean? Have you thought about the meaning of your "thank you" messages or are you just doing what everyone else is doing?

Don't get me wrong, I am doing exactly the same- but recently I was made to think about whether all this thanking was doing any good. I have marketing consultant, Mark Schaefer to thank for that. Thanks, Mark... (oops...!)

It was one of Mark's blog posts entitled "Why I Stopped Thanking People on the Social web" that made me stop and think.  Do read it- it will give you an idea of what I am referring to.

In the article, Mark says that the tipping point came when someone tweeted him:

You are too damn polite... Stop thanking people, will you!

Ouch.

Mark then went on to say...

I knew he had a point. I had reached the thank you tipping point. So I stopped.

This saddened me. I hate it that the more popular you become on the social web, the less engaging you can be. Isn’t that ironic? The very characteristic people appreciate is doomed over time. Authentic social media engagement is not scalable.

I think Mark makes an interesting point.  Social media is about creating meaningful content or building meaningful relationships- and that includes replies.

It's also about knowing who is in your core community and knowing why people are sharing your content in the first place.


Translating Thanks

So, coming back to the above example "thank you" messages, let's do a bit of translating. Could it be that the above messages could mean the following?....

  1. "Thanks for following me. Looking forward to reading your tweets!"
    TRANSLATION: This is an automated message because I am too busy to send you a hand-crafted one. I might be interested in reading what you say although to be honest I probably don't have that much time to read any of them. I was hoping to reach 10,000 followers, and I'm almost there. Basically, I have no idea why I am tweeting you to say thank you for following me, but it seems like the polite thing to do....
  2. "Thanks for sharing :-)"
    TRANSLATION: I am genuinely thankful that you shared my article, however, I don't have the time to properly engage with you, but I wanted to say thanks because that's the right thing to do- my mummy/mommy & daddy taught me to be polite.
  3. "Thanks for the awesome RTs"
    TRANSLATION: Thanks for retweeting some of my tweets to your followers. I haven't thought about it, but come to think about it, some of your followers may have seen my tweets in their timelines. That's quite good really and it gives me a bit of exposure. Please do keep on doing it! I don't really talk to you much on Twitter, but I do like the fact that you're doing my marketing for me.

OK, please note that I had my tongue firmly in my cheek with the above, but I hope you got my point!


Taking up the Opportunity

Part of the issue that Mark Schaefer was referring to, was the lack of value of a "thanks for sharing" type of reply. It's not quite meaningless, but once you start sending out dozens of these a day, they are going to lose their value.

How about doing something a little different?

Instead of just thanking them, why not introduce them to someone else they might find interesting? How about reading one of their articles and giving some feedback? You won't necessarily be able to do that with all your replies, but you could create an opportunity and build upon the relationship.

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Be Encouraging!

We've missed something though and it is a biggy...

Encouragement.

Most of us like to be encouraged. If we don't get any feedback it can be a bit depressing. Words of Affirmationis one of the 5 Love Languages (read the book if you haven't already). Each of us accepts and give love and attention in different ways, but one that works well on the social web is Words of Affirmation- encouragement.

I love it when someone leaves a comment on my articles, but the truth is that most readers of blogs don't.

Talk to most bloggers out there, and they'll tell you the same- they wish they had more comments. The same goes for Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. It's great when someone replies, mentions us or leaves a comment.

However, which would you prefer- 20 "thank you for your article" one line comments or 5 longer comments where they share their thoughts? We need to be encouraging but also add value to the conversation. That's how it is in real life, so why should it be any different online?


"Thanks" Replacement Ideas List

So what should we do instead? I'm not saying we should never just say thank you, but in most cases, you should always be looking to make your engagement more meaningful.

So here is my "thank you" Replacement List.

  1. Ask them what they think
    Ask them what they thought of one aspect of the article. If your article was a list of tools or services, ask them what their favourite was. They may not have read the article, but your tweet may quickly remedy that!
  2. Let them know what you think
    If they have a website or blog, have a visit and read an article. Reply to let them know you've visited with some thoughts.
  3. Introduce them to someone new
    If you've not engaged with them before, check their profile. If relevant, you could introduce them to someone else in your core community they may find interesting. Being in touch with your community is important.
  4. Share a relevant article
    If relevant, share a similar article that you have written
  5. Ask them to subscribe
    Recommend they subscribe to your blog or email newsletter. Use Twitter Lead Generation Cards
  6. Be funny
    Tell a joke or share something funny- make their day!
  7. Encourage them
    Encourage them by sharing with them something you like or admire about them or a quality you see in them.

Using Commun.it to help you

"That's all very well", you say, "but I don't have enough time!".

I  understand- I have the same issue. However, that's why spending time thanking everyone without a strategy isn't going to help you!

Firstly, make your own "thank you" replacement list and save it somewhere where you can easily access it. In order to make things easier, we are going to use a tool called Commun.it* which is a  Twitter Relationship Management Tool. You can quickly respond to people who have shared your content. Commun.it segments people into influencers, supporters and engaged members. For more information see my Complete Guide on Using Commun.it.

With your "thank you replacement" list to hand, you can quickly go through your pending replies and mentions and actually engage much more meaningfully with the core people in your community. You may discover people who you haven't engaged with before- people who you didn't realise were in your community. This is the power of Commun.it.

The best way is to go through the different feeds in Commun.it- one at a time. However, remember to plan!

I'd recommend using the prioritized feed as well as consider to reply and high-value members. As well as that, make sure you monitor tweets containing links to your blog posts- if you do this you can quickly go through the monitoring feed too.

Here are the feeds in Commun.it:

  • PRIORITIZED FEED (the most important pending mentions and people for you to action)
  • FOLLOWERS (consider to reply, re-engage, to follow, unfollow, new followers & new unfollowers)
  • RELATIONSHIPS (high-value members, influencers, Supporters & engaged members)
  • MONITORING (people tweeting posts containing your keywords or links)
  • LEADS (potential people to follow relating to certain keywords)

What do you think?

So, have I got you thinking? Do you agree or disagree? Do you have a plan or strategy in how you engage with people using social media? I'd love to know. As always, please leave your comment below (even if it is a "thank you for your article!" comment!)

 

I don't know any of their names but I hope that they will read this and know how much I appreciated their help! Evansville is fortunate to have so.

Whenever a friend, relative, coworker, or someone else helps you, it’s thoughtful to thank them for the help.

I recommend you write a thank-you note or letter (the difference being that a letter is typically longer than a note). The delivery could also be an email, phone call, or text message.

Tip: A handwritten note will likely feel more personal than other methods.

This post includes gift suggestions, templates and tips, and example wording for notes.

Gift Suggestions

Depending on the situation, you may decide to give the person a thank-you gift too. Here are some gift suggestions:

  • Amazon gift card
  • Starbucks gift card
  • Favorite local restaurant gift card
  • Take them out for a meal
  • Flowers
  • An item that you know they would love

If you know they don’t like to shop online, don’t get them a gift card for Amazon or any other place online. If you don’t know the person well, a local restaurant that is considered well-liked is probably a safe bet. Or just stick to the note or letter.

If you decide to give a digital gift card via email, you might be able to include a brief thank you note with the gift card. The recipient will then see your message in the email with the digital gift card. (I've done this when sending my sister-in-law an Amazon gift card via email).

Below are some examples of gift cards available for purchase on Amazon.

Wording templates and tips

Below are some basic templates you can use. Just fill in the words with [brackets] with your own words. If you have more than one reason to thank the person, your note may be a couple of paragraphs or more (which would make it more like a letter than a short thank you note).

Template #1
Thank you for the help with [what they helped you with]. I am grateful for your help because [enter reason].

Template #2
Thanks for coming over to help me with the project. I appreciate your time! [And then go on to say why the help was helpful].

Template #3
We appreciate your support. Your generous help has made an impact. Because of your help [....then list how you benefited from their help].

The examples below the tips will be examples of what you could say. The best note will be specific about how they helped you and why you appreciated it. There are so many situations where people help others that I will make up a few to use as examples.

Tip #1
The examples below are the center section of your thank you note. If you need to see how a complete thank-you note looks with the greeting and closing, check out this cheat sheet.

Tip #2
Read all the examples as you may be inspired by the wording in different examples, and you could combine several in your note. Pick and choose the parts of the examples that you feel work for your note. The example messages can be copied or modified to make your needs.

Tip #3
Simple is okay. Your note could be as simple as “thanks for your help” but keep in mind that a simple note may feel generic. However, if you are struggling to find the words, a short one-sentence note. This approach is better than not recognizing the help at all. Or if you don't want to mention how someone helped you, a short note will work.

Tip #4
Take your time and choose a memorable note card. The person may keep your card, so make it pleasant! They may show it to people too (depending on why they are thanking you. But don’t get hung up on the choice of the card. Simple is fine, and what you write on the card is more important than the design of the card.

Tip #5
Same day help. If you are thanking someone on the same day that they helped you, a quick note via text message, email, or in person will work as they likely know and remember how they helped you. You may choose to follow up with a longer handwritten note later.

Tip #6
Advice. 
If the help was receiving advice, you may want to review the Thank you for the advice messages here.

Related:How to choose the design of a card.

Other posts with examples that may help with your wording depending on what the help was:

Money thank you wording examples
Thank you note examples to church volunteers

​Thank you for your help wording examples

#1 I am thankful for your help and support with my kids. I am glad that I can depend on you. Because of your willingness to help for a few hours each day, I can keep the job that I love.

#2 I am grateful for your help with the kids. They love having you as a babysitter when things come up at work at the last minute. I appreciate your willingness to pick them up from school for me. They always live spending more time with you.

#3 Thank you for the help and support. I was able to get over that hurdle [in your note you can say what the hurdle was] because of your willingness to help me. I promise to pay it forward someday.

#4 We appreciate your support. Learning how to stay on a budget has been a challenge. We are grateful to have you for accountability. For the first time since we've been married, we have money in our savings account. Knowing that you will see where we spent our money as made had a significant impact on our spending.

#5 Thank you so much for helping me. Your help and support helped me get through [say what that was]. I am glad we met and became friends. You are a blessing in my life and many others.

#6 I really appreciate all the help you've been giving me lately! Unpacking boxes has been much more fun with you being there to talk to you. I will take you out to dinner when we are done to reward you for so much help.

#7 I am grateful to you for helping me get through when I was laid off from my job. As you know, I was feeling get depressed about it. I am grateful that you were there for me and listened. Your help and encouragement made a difference in my life.

​Examples wording for notes for help with a project

​Short thank you for the help sayings

  • Thank you for helping today.
  • I appreciate your help today and always!
  • Thank you for being there for me and always helping when I ask.
  • I am grateful for you and your help.
  • Thank you for being a great supportive friend to me.
  • You are a wonderful helper! Thank you.
  • Thanks for the help!
  • Thank you for taking your time to help me this week.

Additional Resources:

Example thank you notes to thank your neighbor
Shutterfly's extensive list of Thank You Quotes.
What's your favorite way to thank someone after they help you?


Related:20 notes to thank your coworkers

#1 I want to take a few minutes to recognize the help that you gave me with the big project last week. I am not sure I could have finished it on time without your help. Your time and efforts are very much appreciated.

#2 Your help with the project was awesome! I felt over my head and completely lost when Violet needed to make a photo collage for school. It's been so long since I've printed pictures. Your guidance on how to print them at the store was perfect. Violet got an A on her collage!

#3 That project was much more time consuming than expected. Now I know how to plan for next time. I appreciate you chipping in and helping it get it done on time.

#4 I am thankful for your help with my painting project. Your kindness is appreciated. I was starting to feel like the room would never get painted. It looks great! Thanks again for painting it for me.

#5 Thank you for helping me put the new cat towers together. Assembling the cat towers at home made the project more affordable. And you were great at using the drill to save time. The cats are enjoying the new towers.

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Darling thank you for helping me grow tags are perfect for all teachers and moms! What a sweet little way to let someone know they have made a difference in your life.

If you are looking for ways to make life richer and more meaningful share a bit of love and gratitude. Celebrate teachers with fun and creative Teacher Appreciation Ideas and make mom feel special with the Mother’s Day Ideas. She is sure to love this Mother’s Day Coloring sheet.

Thank You for Helping Me Grow Tags

These free printable gift tags make it easy to celebrate a great teacher that has gone the extra mile or to say love you mom for her unconditional love! Write a thank you note to make this gift idea extra special. Everyone loves to feel appreciated and it doesn’t have to be a huge and elaborate gift. A small gift can be just as meaningful and heartfelt.

To make these custom gift tags download the PDF. Print in color on heavy white cardstock.  Punch a hole at the top and tie onto your gift or gift basket with a bit of ribbon or twine.

—-> Helping me Grow Download

I took a little succulent in a tiny terra cotta pot and tied the tag on with twine. Succulents are a nice plant to give because they don’t require a lot of care.

Thank You for Helping Me Bloom Tags

If flowers are more your speed I changed it up to say bloom. I personally always love to receive flowers.

—-> Helping Me Bloom Download

How sweet these are for not just elementary and high school teachers. What about using to show Sunday school teachers, tutors, fitness instructors, any good teacher, dear mom or special person in your life a bit of appreciation. They would also make cute party favors for a ladies lunch.

Printable Gift Tags

Here are more printable tags that you can use to make great gifts!

I hope all these ideas make it easy to send special wishes to a friend, mom, dad or teacher this year! Do you send your child to school with a gift? What are some of your favorite teacher gifts?

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“For I was a stranger and you gave me comfort.”

That statement really hit home when this 84-year-old, shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 10th, tripped and fell in the back parking lot of Western Rib Eyes and Ribs on North Boeke. 

I wish to thank everyone for their assistance and concerns. Special thanks go out to the man who quickly assessed my situation and got a lady to call 911; a man, who even though I was bleeding heavily, gave me something soft to put under my head; to the two persons who took blankets from their cars to cover me so I wouldn’t get cold; to the person who went into the restaurant to let my wife, daughter and son-in-law know that I had fallen; and to the gentleman who walked my mobility impaired wife back to see me. 

I don’t know any of their names but I hope that they will read this and know how much I appreciated their help! Evansville is fortunate to have so many good Samaritans! I also thank the EMT’s who got me to Deaconess Gateway emergency room quickly and to Dr. Daum and his nurse Matt, who gave me excellent care.

- Ray Andersen

Read or Share this story: https://www.courierpress.com/story/opinion/2018/11/13/letter-thanks-those-who-helped-me-after-accident/1995566002/

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