Etiquette Friday: Write a Thank You Note or LetterBy Angela Marshall, 27th Apr 2012
It’s Friday and the day I request you join me in my campaign for 2012 to change “Casual Friday” to “Etiquette Friday”, to get people and companies involved. If we consciously make an effort every Friday then hopefully it will become a habit every day. I challenge you to make one small change a week and by the end of the year let’s hope we have a more pleasant and positive society.
Write a Thank You Note or Letter
In the modern world less thank you letters are sent, people either do not bother to thank or they text, email or phone. Yet when we receive a thank you note that is hand written, it’s something we cherish and remember. It gives us a real feel good factor. When you send a thank you note it will also make you feel good about yourself. The cost may be a lot more than a text, email or phone call, but it is well worth it and you will certainly be considered for an invite again or a better present!
Writing a thank you note shows our appreciation for a present; an event or dinner we attended or even an interview we may have attended. It shows our respect for the time and effort taken and for being chosen as a guest or the opportunity for an interview. An employer will appreciate that you as an interviewee have shown your gratitude and it will help you stand out from the crowd.
Choose quality note paper or a note card that is appropriate to the person and event. Say something nice about the present, event or interview, but don’t lie and don’t exaggerate. Keep the note exclusively about their kindness or the event and not about other matters. Always start with Dear (Name) and not Hi or Hello and write as soon as possible after the event.
After a job interview thank them for their time, do not grovel, but show your interest and finish with how you look forward to hearing from them once their final decision has been made.
Encouraging children to write thank you notes for presents they receive will help them to show appreciation and thoughtfulness towards others. It will help them to improve their
writing skills and may even help them to become an author! Relatives and
friends will truly appreciate their note.
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