That is the importance of thank you cards.However, you should not use thank you cards as a strategy to manipulate people. Be careful, and above all, be honest when you thank someone for something. Every gift, every favor deserves a thank you.
Thank you cards
How to write them?We assure you: writing thank you cards is easier than it seems. Get some stationery, a simple note pad, or a selection of attractive postcards (yes, postcards are perfectly acceptable).
Trust us: you will look like a fool if you extend too much gratitude, because it will also seem like it is very premeditated. The more spontaneous it seems, the more effective it will be.
Always keep your notebook or stationery in an accessible and visible place, so do not forget to send a thank you card every time it is necessary.
If you want to know when is a really good time to send a Thank You Card, the key is the following question: Do I live under the same roof as the person to whom I want to express my gratitude? If the answer is "yes," then you don't need to write the card: go and tell them in person, or maybe just drop a "thank you" post-it on their computer (that would be a nice gesture).
We are not going to delve into all the intrinsic connotations in the delicate situations that can surround the writing of a Thank You Card. We just think that a simple card will be more important and more effective.
There is a six point formula that will help you write a great thank you cards: learn it, understand it, remember it, and it will never fail you.
Thank you cards
1. Greet the recipientThis is the easy part, but you'd be surprised how many people forget it.
We all like to hear our own names, not to mention seeing them printed in ink. Exact: ink.
The best choice is always blue or black, but black is always the favorite for Thank You Cards.
Don't let the color be the highlight of your card. Let the words be the most attractive, even if your handwriting is not very pleasant.
Do not print or type it. Write it by hand. There are no excuses.
2. Express your gratitudeIt would seem that the first paragraph should be the simplest, but in fact it is the most complicated. Be careful not to state the obvious, like "I'm writing to tell you that ...".
If the reader is reading, it is because it is obvious that you wrote to him. Instead, use the present perfect, which in essence means writing as if things were happening right now, or as if they had just happened.
Anything that refers to money should be mentioned as "thank you for your generosity" or "your kindness".
3. Make a comment about the useSay something nice about the gift you have been given, and also about how you will use it.
Let's say it's something that you really love and use constantly, then tell him: "Since I've had these amazing slippers, I've barely taken them off to shower and go to bed! I even wear them at the office."
But don't lie, even though some books on etiquette may say it's the right thing to do.
After all, there is always some truth that can be drawn. Let's say you hate those slippers. How would you say thank you? Find at least some of the gift that you find nice and mention it.
If the gift was money, refer to how you will use the money, but do not list the things you plan to buy one by one.
4. Mention the past, but refer to the futureWhy did they give you the gift? What does it mean for your relationship with the person who gave it to you? Tell the recipient of your Thank You Card how they have contributed to their life and how they have improved it.
If it's someone you don't see very often, tell them what you know about that person.
Make sure the person who receives it feels special on the thank you cards.
5. Thank you againIt doesn't hurt to say thank you again. So say it.
6. GreetingsJust end the letter with a friendly greeting.
Use whatever greeting works well for you: "with love, sincerely, sincerely, with affection."
And then sign your name and that's it.Now just put the thank you card in the mail.Thank you cards are a wonderful tradition, somewhat overshadowed by information technology and the information society.
But sometimes, having certain gestures like sending a letter by traditional mail, is still the best way to do things.