Effective Words for Thank you card
Did you ever know that roughly half of American don’t always say thanks ?(source:http://www.harrisinteractive.com/NEWS/newsletters/clientnews/2006_Lenox.pdf). No matters above statement, you you’re likely going to need to write a thank you card at some point. Especially around the holidays, when you’ll be receiving gifts – and will want to ensure you show your appreciation.
In each of task, I prefer to complete wording for thank you cards both effectively and efficiently. For do that, first I will discuss how to make sure my card is effective. What is the purpose of thank you card ? How is wording your thank you card / note? Then I put it together in one easy template of thank you card. So, you take certainty that your card can be written effectively, and efficiently, but still have all of essence the right thank you notes.
The Thank you Card Purpose is…
Normally the purpose of Thank You Card is for convey your appreciation to the person who gave you a gift, or did you a favor. Ask for your self before sending a thank you card, it’s important.
Have you Conveyed your appreciation ? Bellow several questions to keep in mind as you think what you want to say in the card:
- 1. Are you holding anything back?
- 2. Is your appreciation sincere?
- 3. Is there something You appreciate about this gift that you haven’t mentioned?
One of the beneficial of thank you card is you can deepen the relationship with the person who presented you with gift or did a favor for you.
Are you know that the favor activities doing for you, increases how much the person likes you? Yes. We do someone a favor that is increases how much we like them. “by doing you a favor, they have already deepened their relationship with you.” Be sure to thank them to continue building your relationship.
How to wording your thank you card
If we are saying thank you in person usually we tend to show our emotions through body language and tonality. To writing thank you note we need to use our words to get the same emotions across. Below some essential point for writing thank you, and how to word your thank you card.
- The Greeting
- Most of people rush to scribe “Dear John, ” and decide they are finished with on the card. However A Greeting is totally important and deserves to be created.
- The Body
- The second line of your thank you card. Let discuss about the word, phrasing, and content you want to use here:
- Express Emotion, When you are being in writing thank you card This is the time to express you gratitude and emotion. Stick to fact and Straight to the point.
- Be Specific, while you don’t want to stick to just the facts it’s good to point out specifics.
- Remember The Past and Paint The Future. While you don’t always have to do this, I like to discuss how the person’s gift and actions have improved my life – and how it is going to help me in the future. People like to know that what they have done has made a difference – so if it has, tell them! As I have pointed out previously, altruism is one of the keys to happiness – and the reason for this is, we feel good when we’ve made a difference in someone’s life or the world.
- The Closing, the last thing that people read is closing note. You should be considering the purpose of the card is, and with the wording of the body preceding it. Generally closing note include:
- “Sincerely, Sid” – I don’t particularly like using this unless I want to keep my thank you card very formal and at arm’s length. Remember, we are trying to convey appreciation and deepen our relationship – this closing accomplishes neither.
- “Take Care, Sid” – I will sometimes use this if I know that the favor, present or perhaps just the person’s life a the time is genuinely difficult and I want to close with empathy. If so, my last line in my body will lead into this.
- “Thank You, Sid” – All these are appropriate and some variation of “Thank You” is my most common closing. Variations include:
- “Many thanks, Sid” , “Thank You So Much, Sid”, “Thanks, Sid“
- “Love, Sid” – I typically use this for family only. Some people may use it for family and close friends.
- When in doubt, I recommend keeping it simple – you can’t go wrong with “Thank You, Sid”
Keep these consideration in mind. lets review my thank you card template:
Thank you card template
- Such as another correspondence, I would like a thank you, email. or even conversation (for verbal thank you) to have thesis statement.
Just like any other correspondence, I like my thank you e-cards, emails or even conversation (for verbal thank you) 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. 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.
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,
Handwritten, Typed, or email?
Most people still prefer hand written 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. I think (mistakenly or not), email can give the impression that I’m rushing to say thanks, and can come across as insincere.
Nonetheless, for most people, and especially close friends who know me well, I typically send mine via email because I want to encourage people to reply in like manner.
What do you think? Do you send thank you cards regularly? Any tips on how you word them to be more personal, or to convey your thanks better?