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How to Say Thank You

Dave Delaney

I picked up my kids from school the other day and decided to play one of my favorite artists, Taj Mahal, as we drove home. Taj does a beautiful cover of William Bell's classic, "You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til Your Well Runs Dry"). The song was nearly over when my nine-year old son asked me about the lyrics. I explained that the meaning of the song is about not appreciating what you have until it is gone. We talked about it more, and I explained that it's about being thankful. Here we are quickly approaching Thanksgiving, what a perfect time to stop and give thanks to the people in our networks.

Spend 10 minutes a day thanking someone
Spend 10 minutes a day thanking someone

As a keynote speaker, author, consultant and dad, I feel like I'm running a mile a minute most days. I'm scrambling to complete client work, prepare presentations, record and edit interviews for my podcast, write and research new articles, reply to emails, and remember to pick up my kids from school. All of the work we do each day can make it easy to forget to stop and be thankful for the people in our lives.

Here's a challenge for you, I'm doing this too. Go ahead and book ten minutes on your calendar each day leading up to Thanksgiving to write a Thank You message to someone in your network. Try to do one person a day, but by all means, write more if you can find the time.

Who Should You Follow Up With?

Begin by reviewing your calendar so far this year. Flip back to January and review who you met with and what the outcome was. I bet you can easily find people you can thank who took the time to meet with you or to speak with you over the phone.

Next, look through your text messages on your phone. Who did you exchange messages with several months ago?

On Facebook, review the private messages you have exchanged on Messenger. Scroll back to the start of the year. Take a look at your direct messages on Twitter from months ago. Who should you follow up with?

Give Thanks

There are several ways you can give thanks to the people who helped you this year. The easiest way is to send them an email to say Thank You. You can also pick up the phone and call them directly. Bonus points for taking the time to send them an actual Thank You card.

Here are some more ideas to take giving thanks a step further.

  • Surprise someone with an Amazon gift card. The news designs and options are perfect for quick gifts.
  • Do you have a photo of you and your colleague? Send them a Thank You postcard using Postagram. Just write a brief thank you message and upload your photo. Postagram will do the rest for just $.99.
  • If your contact uses Pinterest or Amazon you may discover they have a wish list. I've snooped this way and picked out the perfect Thank You gifts for people who have helped me. They are always elated when the product arrives with a brief thank you note from me.
  • You can support local businesses (I'm in Nashville) by using Batch Nashville (affiliate) to send wonderful and affordable gift baskets of local products like coffee, biscuit mix, and chocolate. Yum!

Beyond Gifts

Regardless of whether you send a gift or not, I hope you take my challenge. I hope you stop for a moment and consider who has helped you this year. Do something nice for the people in your network, provide an introduction, write a LinkedIn recommendation, send a thank you note, pick up the phone and call. Set some time on your calendar to do this now, you will be thankful you did.

Thank YOU for reading and sharing this post. Take the 10 minute giving thanks challenge.

This post originally appeared in The Tennessean Newspaper.

Giving Thanks

Dave Delaney

leavesThanksgiving is just around the corner. This is the time of the year that we give thanks for the good fortunes we have, our friends and family. The first Thanksgiving in America was held in the fall of 1621. The Pilgrims created a three-day feast to cerebrate a bountiful harvest. If you consider your business your harvest, you likely have plenty of people to thank for keeping it bountiful.

Now is the time to reflect on the year and to give thanks to your network. Here are some tips to help you determine who you should be reaching out to. When you reach out to each person in your network who has helped make 2013 successful, be sure to ask how you can help them.

Giving Thanks to Your Network before the Turkey

Stop and consider who has helped you grow your business this year? Did a friend introduce you to someone which led to a new client? Did you receive a referral that led to new work? Did an employee help you land a sale? Unplug from your computer and make a list - yes, with a pen and paper.

  • Review your calendar and search for the meetings you had this year. Follow up with the interesting people you met. Take a moment to thank them again for their time.
  • Did you attend conferences or events? Visit their respective web sites and Facebook pages. Review the list of attendees and sponsors. Who should you follow up with and thank for making the event so enjoyable?
  • Search social media. Your best customers are the ones who leave you positive reviews and recommendations. Search your LinkedIn company page and profile, Facebook page, Amazon product page, and Twitter for positive mentions of you or your company. Using a free service like and can help.
  • Thank mentors and advisors. If you are an entrepreneur, you likely had meetings this year with mentors or advisors. These are usually people who volunteer their time to help you with your business. Be sure to stop and give them thanks.
  • Thank those you already thanked. Search your email sent folder or outbox for messages you sent that include the words "Thanks" or "Thank you". See what comes up. I expect you will be surprised by how many messages you will find.
  • Family, of course. Yes, I saved the best until last. It takes plenty of love and understanding from your family when you have to work long hours and travel. They put up with your stress and craziness each day. Be sure to toast them over your turkey when you are enjoying your Thanksgiving meal together.

Remember networking is a two-way street. It is always best to find ways to help your network first before ever asking for anything in return. Think of ways you can offer to help someone when reaching out to say thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving.

This article, “Thank everyone in your network who helped during the year”, originally appeared in the Tennessean.