Saying ‘Thank you’ seems a lot easier to do when the person you are saying it to is standing next to you. Facial expressions and body language – a warm hug, a genuine smile, a hand shake – communicate what words cannot. But, there are situations when you may have to adopt the long distance ecard way. Written words may not always compensate for a hug and a smile, but, they can still communicate your heartfelt appreciation in a sincere manner, provided you choose the right words.
Be sincere – When you say it from your heart, it shows. So say what you mean and mean what you say. ‘Thank you for making it to the party. We really enjoyed your company’ seems far more sincere than, ‘Thank you very much for taking time out of your busy schedule to attend the party.’
Be specific – Tell the recipient, what exactly you are appreciative of. Instead of saying, ‘Thanks for everything’, you could say, ‘Thank you for making me feel welcome. I needed that’ or ‘Thanks for being a good listener and for reminding me of my capabilities. Talking to you boosted my confidence.’
Be yourself – A thank you note serves as a token of your appreciation. It reflects your personality. So, whether you are thanking guests who attended a party, or a friend who helped you out, remember to add that personal touch that says it’s from you. A card is not complete until you personalize it with your message.