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Why is it important to say thank you?

| Laurie Brown |

Why is it important to say thank you?

Recently a video showed Cameron Dietrich, a diver, helping a Sea Turtle get free from a fishing line. The turtle immediately swam away once freed. Moments later, the turtle returned as if to say thank you to the diver that helped him.

It made me start wondering: why aren't we as good at saying it as that sea turtle?

I guess that we have many good reasons why we don't say it as regularly as we could: "I don't have the time", "I don't know when to say it", "I don't know how to say it", and so on.

Here are some ideas to help you understand more about thanking people:

Why say thank you:

There are four big reasons to say thanks:

  1. Because your mother told you to.
  2. Because people like to be appreciated.
  3. Because it conveys a sense of respect
  4. Because saying thank you allows you to stop and appreciate the kindness of others.

Who should you say thank you to:

  • Your current customers
  • Your potential customers
  • Your employees
  • Your fellow employee
  • Your family, friends and kind strangers

What to say:

The folks at The Thank You People website have an awesome list of words you can use to say thanks—and many thanks to them for this helpful information:

Here are a few of their tips:

  • Thank you for your time. It's something we never take for granted.
  • We appreciate your time and attention.
  • Thanks for stopping by. We appreciate your interest in our business.
  • We enjoyed sharing ideas and business opportunities with you

When to say it:

  • When someone contacts you or visits your business
  • When someone purchases your products or services
  • When someone goes above or beyond
  • And make sure it is as timely as possible.

How to say thank you:

  • Say it in person on the phone
  • Write an email that says it
  • Write it on a bill or receipt
  • Write it on a door hanger
  • And the BEST way is to handwrite it on a postcard or note.

And of course, thank YOU for reading this. If you have other great ideas for saying it, let me know.

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