Хотя на него, как наставника Элвина, и падала определенная тень, необходимость в участии Джезерака казалась совершенно очевидной, и никто не предлагал обойтись без.
Он сидел у края подковообразного стола: это положение давало ему определенные преимущества. Он мог не только изучать гостей в профиль, но и видеть лица коллег-советников - а выражение их физиономий было достаточно поучительным.
Элвин, без сомнения, был прав, и Совет медленно постигал неприятную истину. Делегаты Лиса умели мыслить куда быстрее, чем лучшие умы Диаспара.
“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.”
– G.B. Stern
Like any other task, I like to complete thank you cards both effectively and efficiently.
Don’t rush through thank you cards – they matter. I just like to make sure I have a plan.
A thank you card has a single purpose: to convey your appreciation to the person who gave you a gift, or did you a favor.
This is important, because before you send a thank you card you need to ask yourself – have I conveyed my appreciation?
Here are some questions to keep in mind as you think about what you want to say in the card:
I break my thank you cards into three parts.
A lot of people rush to scribble “Dear Jane,” and decide they’re finished with the greeting – on to the card! However, the greeting is extremely important and deserves to be crafted.
Consider the different words you could use:
The meat of your thank you card. Lets talk about the words, phrasing and content you want to use here:
The closing is the last thing people read, so you should word it in a way that is consistent with the purpose of the card, and with the wording of the body preceding it. Common closings include:
Keeping these considerations in mind, lets review my thank you card template.
Just like any other correspondence, I like my thank you cards, emails or even conversation (for verbal thank yous) to have a thesis statement.
Excuse me? Yes, a thesis statement – a simple, condensed summary of what is in the rest of the thank you note. My thesis statement is usually very straightforward:
I wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for ___.
I then follow that up with my emotions and gratitude. Note in particular that I express gratitude for their actions and effort and not for the final result.
I was really touched that you took the time to pick out a gift that you knew I would like.
Using these two sentences to open my thank you card, and then bringing in the wording I discussed previously, here’s the full template. Note that items in [brackets] are optional and to be used when appropriate.
The benefit of using this template is you know that every word and phrase has been carefully chosen to ensure a personalized, gratitude filled card which will convey your appreciation, and deepen your relationship.
Sid’s Thank You Card Template
Hey _____ !
I wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for ____. I was really touched that you _____.[Remember The Past: When you _____, it really helped me _____. I really appreciate what you gave me/did for me.] [Paint The Future: With your gift/help, I can now _____. It truly has made a difference in my life.]
Thank you so much,
Finally, how should the card be written and delivered?
Physical vs. Email: I personally don’t like receiving physical mail- but other people don’t feel the same way: especially with thank you cards. Most people still prefer actual thank you notes. Because of this, if someone has done something exceptional for me or given me an exceptionally large gift I will send a physical card via snail mail.
Typed or Handwritten? I think (mistakenly or not), email can give the impression that I’m rushing to say thanks, and can come across as insincere. So for that reason, when in doubt I recommend handwritten.
Nonetheless, for close friends and family who know me well, I typically send mine via email.
So, get out there, enjoy the presents you receive from friends and family – and make sure to take a few moments to tell them thank you!
Take a look at our suggestions for your wedding thank you card wording. Not sure what to write on your wedding thank you cards then you are sure to find some.
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There are exceptional benefits to sending a thank you card. Thank you notes can be utilized is so many different ways, holding profound importance in both personal and professional scenarios. Determining the situations that call for a thank you card requires a grateful awareness for all the relationships in your life; what they mean to you, what they do for you, and how they help you grow. But what do you say beyond thank you when sending a note or card? How do you display gratitude that is personally representative of your character? And is there any way to actually strengthen the bond between you and you and your recipient into a healthier, more mutually-beneficial, and assuredly long-term relationship?
Perhaps the most obvious time to send thank you cards is when receiving a gift. Birthdays, weddings, holidays, baby showers, religious milestones in the life of a child like a christening, first communion, Bat mitzvah, or quinceanera – if someone put forth the time, money, and effort to send a gift – you must send a thank you card.
If it’s around the holidays you can always include something at the end of your thank you message to call out the season like Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy New Year, and so on.
People send professional gifts too. A company may send another company a gift basket in a b2b relationship. Clients may send gifts to an organization or vice versa. The rule of thumb is, if you receive a gift, send a thank you card, but ensure that you include a personalized message to make it meaningful.
One of the best ways to extend a heartfelt thank you even further is to mention what your recipient sent and how you enjoy it wearing it, using it, eating it, reading it, etc. Here are some suggestions:
Sometimes it’s nice to have your child send the thank you card if the gift was meant for them. Or you can send a thank you card together and include a message like:
For wedding gifts, you and your partner can send an adoring message to your guests thanking them for attending and their thoughtful gifts. Include messages like:
When you receive a gift in a professional setting, like at your company birthday party or baby shower, you may want to include a thank you message like:
If you are a business receiving a giftfrom another company you may want to include a thank you message.
If a client sends a gift, make sure to send a thank you card right away to maintain and grow the relationship. You can include your company logo on the thank you card too, company pictures, a discount or promotion, and a gift as well. Thank you card ideas may include:
If you received a monetary gift, whether for a charitable event, a birthday or holiday, or as a nice reward for achieving some type of goal at your company, a thank you card is also required. You can also call a monetary offering a gift. These thank your card messages are all appropriate:
For the right relationship, and if you are close, you can say something like this:
Thank you cards can be sent for just showing up. If you are glad someone made it to your party or event, send them a thank you card to show just how much you appreciate them. Sometimes the best gift someone can bring is just themselves. Here are some thank you messages you may want to include in your card:
Alternatively, you can thank someone for hosting a party. Or for letting you stay at their home while you were visiting from out of town. An afternoon spent with friends, family, your boss, or some great coworkers at a barbeque can often warrant a thank you card. If you stay at an Airbnb or someone’s vacation home you should also leave a thank you note, expressing what you enjoyed about the place and even a couple of things you did on your trip. Here are some great messages to include in your thank you card:
Did someone water your plants while you were out of town? Did you ask someone to pet-sit? Did a friend or family member take care of you while you were sick – did they perform chores around your house? Did the neighborhood kids elect to cut your lawn or take out your trash? Did someone offer a helping hand during a difficult time? Did an employee go well-beyond their necessary duties – pitching in – staying late – to complete a tough project? When someone offers or provides assistance, especially when they don’t have to, it’s nice to send a thank you card. Here are some messages you could include:
When you are referring to something thoughtful someone has done for two or more people – thanks for thinking of us is appropriate. You can include this message in your thank you card on behalf of your business, team, your friends, or your family. If you are living with roommates and someone sent a housewarming gift – send a thank you card – the same can be said of any household, no matter who resides there. Some people even include their pets on the thank you card. This is of course even more appropriate when someone sends a gift to your pet. If someone does something nice for your children and they are very young – a thank you card from all of you is a nice gesture. Here are some thank you messages you can include:
All of these can be personalized to your specific recipient. Mention how much you enjoyed the gift if they sent one. If the recipient was kind to you in some way, mention how the act of kindness touched your heart. If a customer regularly shops with your business, you may want to send a thank you card with some type of discount or reward. If another business or vendor has done something special for your company, send a thanks for thinking of us card.
Another thanks for thinking of us card to send is thanks for thinking of us during our time of sorrow. This can also be singular, as in thanks for thinking of me during my time of sorrow. If someone attends the funeral of a loved one, sends a sympathy card, offers kind words, or purchases some type of gift or flower arrangement for the service, a thank you for your sympathy card is appropriate. Here are some suggested messages:
Sending thank you cards and delivering physical thank you notes to employees can help to motivate your team, build stronger bonds, and offers a small reward for their continued service. A thank you note to employees shows that you appreciate them and value their efforts, considering them an integral part of your business’s success. Giving an employee a thank you card is a simple gesture – but it goes a long way. Here are some messages you can include in your employee thank you cards:
Businesses should use professional thank you cards to establish, maintain, and cultivate relationships with their customers. Include a thank you for your order card when shipping a customer your goods, send a thank you card for their continued business, and opt to send thank you for your referral cards when customers recommend you to a friend or family member. Customers are sure to appreciate the gesture, and they will show their gratitude with loyalty. Here are some things you can say in a thank you card to customers:
It’s a good idea to send a thank you note or thank you card after an interview. An important job interview will surely benefit from a well-timed thank you card. The hiring manager and staff will appreciate the class and care you show when sending a physical thank you card rather than an email or ecard – it could be the additional effort needed to land the job. If you are rated against another candidate with the same qualifications, but you sent a thank you card whereas they did not, many companies would sway their decision in your favor. When sending a thank you card to a hiring manager here are some messages you can include.
After any type of business meeting, it is a good idea to send a thank you card. Here are a few suggestions on what to write inside your thank you card:
Lastly, you will need to close out your thank you card with a simple sign-off or message. Here are some suggested thank you card closings:
A thank-you note is a type of correspondence in which the writer expresses gratitude for a gift, service, or opportunity.
Personal thank-you notes are customarily handwritten on cards. Business-related thank-you notes are usually typed on company letterhead, but they, too, may be handwritten.
"[The] basic elements for writing a thank-you note should include:
Within this framework, there is a great deal of latitude. When preparing to write a note, sit for a moment and consider your relationship with the person to whom you are writing. Is it intimate and personal? Is it someone you know as an acquaintance? Are you writing to a complete stranger? This should dictate the tone of your writing." (Gabrielle Goodwin and David Macfarlane, Writing Thank-You Notes: Finding the Perfect Words. Sterling, 1999)
Thank you so much for the great new duffel bag. I can't wait to use it in my spring break cruise. The bright orange is just perfect. Not only is it my favorite color (you know that!), but I'll be able to spot my bag a mile away! Thanks for such a fun, personal, and really useful gift!
I'm really looking forward to seeing you when I get back. I'll come over to show you pictures from the trip!
Thanks again for always thinking of me.
 Clearly state why you are writing.
 Elaborate on why you are writing.
 Build the relationship.
 Restate why you are writing.
(Angela Ensminger and Keeley Chace, Note-worthy: A Guide to Writing Great Personal Notes. Hallmark, 2007)
"An essential job-seeking technique, as well as a gesture of courtesy, is to thank the person who interviews you. Write a note immediately after the interview and before a decision has been made. State what you liked about the interview, the company, the position. Emphasize briefly and specifically your suitability for the job. Address concerns about your qualifications that came up during the interview. Mention any issue that you didn't have the opportunity to discuss. If you felt you misspoke or left the wrong impression, this is where you can correct your interview--but be brief and subtle. You don't want to remind the interviewer of a weak point." (Rosalie Maggio, How to Say It: Choice Words, Phrases, Sentences, and Paragraphs for Every Situation, 3rd ed. Penguin, 2009)
"Call it a testament to how carefully students court college admissions offices these days: Thank-you notes have become the new frontier. . . .
"Miss Manners, Judith Martin, who writes a syndicated etiquette column that runs in more than 200 newspapers, says she, for one, does not think thanks are needed for a campus visit: 'I would never, ever say, "Don’t write a thank-you note under any circumstances." I don’t want to discourage them. But it is not really a situation that is mandatory.'
"Still, some admissions advisers [disagree].
"'It seems like a small thing, but I tell my students that every contact with the college contributes to their perception of you,' said Patrick J. O’Connor, director of college counseling at the private Roeper School in Birmingham, Mich." (Karen W. Arenson, "Thank-You Note Enters College Admission Game." The New York Times, Oct. 9, 2007)
Dear Bloomberg Businessweek Friends,
Thank you for asking my perspective on writing thank you notes. In my 10 years as President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company, I sent out over 30,000 notes to our 20,000 employees. I found it was a powerful way to reinforce our strategies, to let our employees know we were paying attention and to let them know that we cared. I kept my notes short (50-70 words) and to the point. They celebrated accomplishments and contributions of real significance. They were virtually all handwritten to make the communication more authentic and personal. It is a practice that I highly recommend.
(Douglas Conant, "Write a Thank-You Note." Bloomberg Businessweek, Sep. 22, 2011)
"Anita Hill, I want to personally thank you for what you did for us twenty years ago. Thank you for speaking up and speaking out. Thank you for your quiet dignity, your eloquence and elegance, your grace under pressure. Thank you for illuminating the complexities of female powerlessness and for explaining why you didn’t complain when the offense first occurred, and for describing how cowed and coerced a woman can feel when she’s hit upon by a man who controls her economic destiny. . . ." (Letty Cottin Pogrebin, "A Thank-You Note to Anita Hill." The Nation, Oct. 24, 2011)
You've finished the last slice of cake and unpacked your honeymoon suitcases— that's when you know those wedding thank-you notes can't wait any longer.
Why are thank-you notes important? How long does a thank-you note have to be? Here are the oft-forgotten fundamentals of writing a thank-you note.
Thank-you notes are not only good manners, but also good for your health! Yes, it’s true!
A study in Psychological Science showed that writing a thank you letter both improves the giver’s happiness and put the writer in more positive spirits. That’s the power of gratitude!
While many thank-you letter writers get concerned about the exact words they use, it turns out that the recipients were simply touched at the warmth and thoughtfulness of the letter itself.
So, starting writing thank-you notes—and write them more often! It comes at very little cost and benefits everyone.
A gift traditionally requires a thank-you note from the recipient, no matter what the occasion for the gift—a holiday, birthday, anniversary, religious event, award, or accomplishment.
Thank-you notes are also recommended when services have been performed (especially as a favor or for free), when hospitality has been provided, or in appreciation of generosity or thoughtfulness.
Immediately. The longer you wait, the harder it becomes, and the less appreciative you will appear.
Traditionally, a blue or black ink pen on fine stationery, a blank card, or suitable notepaper.
Write a draft first. Before using your “good” paper, gather your thoughts and jot them on a piece of scrap paper.
Keep each note short—three or four sentences is fine. You can express your thanks just as sincerely as you can in several paragraphs.
Remember: Be authentic, be original, be sincere.
Once you are satisfied with your thank-you sentences, write them on the “good” paper.
Printing a thank-you note is acceptable, but cursive is a nice touch (as long as it’s legible).
You can—and should—say “thank you” to the giver when you receive a gift, but a proper appreciation should be expressed on paper and sent by mail.
You can express your thanks in those ways, but nothing beats a thank-you note written on paper and sent in an envelope.
Yes—but if you do not like a gift, do not reveal your displeasure in the note. Focus on your appreciation of the giver’s thoughtfulness, generosity, and good intentions. Remember the adage “It’s the thought that counts.” Keep an open mind: You may actually develop a fondness and appreciation for the item later.
If you send a thank-you note, you and the gesture will never be forgotten. If you do not, you will not be forgotten either, but not for the same reason nor with the same regard.
It’s a great idea to get children in the habit of writing their own thank-you notes by preschool age. If your child can’t write yet, transcribe the note for them and have them write (or scribble!) their name at the end. Recipients—whether grandparents, other family members, or friends—are guaranteed to be delighted!
It’s OK to go overboard with your appreciation and send a thank-you gift. Make your own gift jars with something edible inside or see other fun gifts you can make in the kitchen.
National Handwriting Day is January 23!
Do you have any tips for writing the best thank you cards? Do you still write thank-you notes? Let us know in the comments below!
Why are thank-you notes important? How long does a thank-you note have to be ? Here are the oft-forgotten fundamentals of writing a thank-you note.
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