Saying Thank You – the forgotten art April 15th, 2013

Vinod Kumar

One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.

Life these days are always a hurry and we tend to get into the situation that we forget some of the basics. It is said in management that on your way up make sure to keep people happy because when you come down they will be good to you. Though this concept is so true, life is demanding that we forget how others have helped us. I thought this will be a great way to bring the basic behavior into a blog post. When was the last time you said a thank you to your colleague or manager or subordinate or some random person at work? When was the last time you said a thank you to a friend?

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone – G.B. Stern

Thank You while interviewing

This will be a special case scenario. How many of you have taken the time to send a thank you note to the HR / Manager who interviewed you? It is courtesy if you can do the same. A thank you note can always add a special consideration and be mild in your communication and avoid overdoing the same. What are your options for communication?

  1. Email
  2. Phone Call
  3. Handwritten note
  4. Text Messages
  5. Linked in communication

Though these are the most opted way of communication, I use the same order of preference too. Be professional in your communication especially via email and phone calls. It is just a small note to the person who took time in interviewing.

To say thank you, is in recognition of humanity – Toni Mont

Being Professional while thanking

There is no perfect way or a prescriptive mechanism to say thank you. Here are some tips I thought was worth sharing.

  1. While emailing or over phone call, be concise in your message and don’t try to ramble or write essays. No one has the time for these :).
  2. Don’t procrastinate and delay in your communication. Do it as soon as it is over.
  3. In an interview case, restate the qualities you bring to table as an reminder to interviewer. Also make sure to recollect a point or two from the interview itself to add as an reminder.
  4. A perfect thank you message brings a smile to readers or even better makes the reader feel special as they read.
  5. Don’t try to ramble or play with words. Get an second opinion with a friend to check if the words are out of place.
  6. Do a spell check, but also make sure spell checks don’t change the meaning of sentences.
  7. Be polite in your communication. Don’t forget to have a proper subject in your email.

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it – William Arthur Ward

Final words

I am a big fan of hand written letters. Trust me, when was the last time you did write one? In my opinion hand written messages are more personal and has bigger impact when delivered correctly. What are your thoughts? What are you comfortable doing?

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6 Responses to “Saying Thank You – the forgotten art”

  1. SIJIN KUMAR V P says:

    So ‘THANK YOU’…for a nice post…:-)

  2. Well said Vinod…!!!
    Though saying “Thank You” takes a little effort, it has a great impact on the person who is being thanked. And moreover it’s just about the basic courtesy to say thank you when we receive a favour from anyone in any form (though in many cases, many people mistake that, it’s that person’s duty to serve me, then why should I think him/her).

    I would like to “Thank You” for your wonderful writing and teaching us many things both from a professional and a technical standpoint.

    On another note, I believe that, it’s also important that, when one commits a mistake, we should accept it, apologize for it, and make every possible effort to set the things right to whatever possible extent. I guess you can convey this better through your art of writing. would love to see a blog post on this from you :-)

    • Vinod Kumar says:

      Thanks Datta for your kind words and taking time in dropping a line. Agree to your last part, accepting mistakes is the first step to learning something new. Will surely look at a post on this subject in future.

  3. Karthik says:

    Hi Vinod,

    Thanks for the thank you blog :)

    Helped me a lot for today’s call.

    Thanks
    Karthik.

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