The Power of a Handwritten “Thank You” Note

November 22, 2011  |   Business Etiquette,Protocol   |     |   0 Comment

The Power of a Handwritten “Thank You” Note Never underestimate the power of a handwritten “thank you” note.  Thank you notes are written to express gratitude for any gift you receive or appreciation for another person’s time, generosity, consideration or random act of kindness toward you. They let the giver feel appreciated and they're likely to remember your gratitude in the future.   You should personally handwrite a thank you note. It is more polite to personalize your note with your own handwriting rather than having it printed. Your recipients will appreciate the time you took to write it out.  Emails lack a personal touch and pre-printed thank you cards give the recipient the impression that you don't have time to personally thank them.   Ideally, it is best to send your thank you note within one week. However, “better late than never” always applies, so do not use the passage of time as an excuse to not send your thank you note. High quality stationary, a black pen, and a store of stamps are important to have on hand to ensure that you get your notes out in a timely and presentable manner.   Inside the card, address the person who ...

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Office Holiday Party Etiquette – Ten Survival Tips

November 14, 2011  |   Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Office Holiday Party Etiquette – Ten Survival Tips Act accordingly. Bottom line. Don’t put your career on the line by being the “life of the party”. Remember that the annual office holiday party, though wrapped in a social context, is still a business function. How you behave at the office holiday party will be observed and remembered by someone whose opinion can impact your job. Your reputation is key - so be on your best behaviour at all times. To ensure an enjoyable and successful evening, consider the following tips: Not Going is Not an Option The office party is part of your job. It is a time for co-workers and colleagues to gather together outside of the day-to-day workplace for some fun and well-deserved recognition. If you’d rather do math equations all night then attend an office party, change your attitude. Put on a smile and see the event as a networking opportunity. Recognize the Opportunity to Advance Your Career The office party is an opportunity for you to distinguish yourself from the crowd. It is a chance for you to demonstrate your ability to handle business situations of a social nature - notable soft skills considered ...

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