Sally chats with Marc Friedland - the king of creative communication and designer of the "...and the Oscar goes to" envelope - re: how to write and present the perfect thank you note.
In honor of the HIGH HOLY DAYS of HOLLYWOOD (a.k.a. Awards Season), where Marc Friedland plays a central role, we're dedicating some real estate to a repost of my conversation with Marc on the good, old fashioned THANK YOU NOTE -- still the go-to arrow in the quiver of the grateful.
Should you need more from Marc Friedland (who doesn't?), here is...
MARC'S "Thank You Notes that say THANK YOU!" LIST
1. Take a few minutes before dashing off your note, to think about the sentiment and intention of the words you want to share with the recipient of your note. Oftentimes in a fast pace world, we dash something off (if at all), and seldom use it as an opportunity to truly connect.
2. Don't worry about if you have a word or two crossed out.. Any note is better than a "perfect note".. there's no "thank you" note judge looking down on you to criticize or critique your work.. A cross out shows you're human and reserve the "write" to change your mind as you compose your thoughts.
3. It's not the amount of words but the meaning behind the words that count- words from the heart mean the most, and always carry the most impact.
4. Thank You notes don't always need to be on fancy stationery- be creative, make them memorable, and most of all make them an extension of your personality. I once recycled a card by crossing out the "Dear Marc" and "Love Mom" and switched them around and sent it back.
5. Surprise Thank You!- There doesn't have to be a specific "reason" to send a "thank you".. just surprising some one with an unexpected, "Thanks for being a pal" can really do wonders for making an ordinary day special. Try it and see what happens!
6. Write yourself a Thank You- Here's a fun little something you can do every New Year's. Write a Thank You note to yourself for the things you want to accomplish in the year ahead. Seal it in an envelope and address it to yourself. Then mail it a year later. It's a great fun way to see what you were think just one year prior.
7. Have fun with your Thank You note- it doesn't always have to be uber formal. Draw something, include a photo, comic, or something relevant that might make for a brighter moment upon receiving it.
8. Have a Thank You Note file- I think it's always great to save Thank You notes.. As time goes by it gives one the opportunity to reflect back on the impact you've made in other's lives, to show how you've made a difference, to reflect on those who's paths we've crossed.
An attitude of gratitude goes a long way, each and every day!