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20 Ways to Say Thanks

Techniques

  1. The Classic Approach: Send a personal note or letter
  2. Formal, but Still Quick: Have formal acknowledgement cards made with your organization’s name and a thank you written on them. Personalize each with a date, how the funds will be used and your signature.
  3. Say Cheese: Send a photograph with a note
  4. Casual and Quick: Send a photograph with a Post-Its ® note
  5. Updated Classic: Send an email
  6. Picture Perfect: Include pictures with an email
  7. Read All About It: Send a copy of a recent newspaper clipping, with a note
  8. Hear It From Fellow Volunteer: Ask a board member or other volunteer to call
  9. My Treat: Invite them for lunch or coffee or to join you for a community event
  10. Two Birds, One Stone: When you issue the above invitation, use it as an another opportunity to say thank you
  11. In Your Honor: Make them a special guest of honor at a large event or a committee meeting. Honor them with a corsage and short presentation
  12. Your Special Day: Create a special recognition day in their honor, perhaps on their birthday or better yet, half-birthday
  13. Thanks My Way: Call for advice on how they would like to be thanked. Offer several suggestions. Follow-up.
  14. Memories to Share: Create a scrap book
  15. Pass It On: Share letters from your customers, copies of a straight-A report cards or other result
  16. An Oldie But Goodie: Publish their name in a list in an annual report
  17. Oaks from Acorns: Don’t overlook small public acknowledgements, i.e., special name tags, public affirmation and handing out $100,000 Grand® Candy Bar to stars
  18. Just Sharing: Use any of the above with a quote from a customer about how the gift helped them
  19. What Else: Share serendipities and related good news, i.e., did someone match their gift?
  20. Terrific Specific: “Thank you” is important, but “thank you for helping to support Susie’s progress” shines

Other Tips

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And now my thank you to my many workshop participants who shared variations of or stimulated these ideas.

For other articles that helps leaders lead see:

Why and How to Design Meeting Openers [1]

How to Develop Successful Events [2]

Ready or Not, Time Management Tool [3]

10 Time Management Tips for Elephant Size Projects [4]