10 Different Ways to Say Thank You on Thanksgiving

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Regardless of how hard the last year has been, there are still so many things to be thankful for.

Everyone thanks differently, but leaders must thank bigger and never leave doubt of their appreciation.  Take time to do it right.  It’s so important.

Here are 10 different ways to say thank you this Thanksgiving:

1. Walk up and say it

It can be as simple as walking up to a team member and telling them how thankful you are for them.  You can never say it enough.  If you are really thankful, don’t hesitate to say what chokes you up.  Be brave.  Be thankful. Be vocal.

2. Write a handwritten note

I hate writing handwritten notes, so if you ever get one from me you know I am thankful.  I doubt that I’m unique in that way.  In a computerized world, handwritten notes will stand out.

3. Record a video

If you’d like to thank one person (YouTube example) or a whole group (Facebook example), video is a personal way to say thank you when you can’t be with them in person.

4. Give your time

Giving someone your time is giving them nearly the ultimate gift.

Time is money.  Time is precious.  Say thank you by giving them your time and attention.  Share a bottle of wine, write them a Linkedin recommendation, help them move furniture, introduce them to someone who can help them, or just listen.

Whatever you do, make sure it isn’t distracted time.  Put the cell phones, text messages, or emails on hold.  Your attention will show how thankful you are.

5. Share their creation with the world

In a digital world, sharing is caring.  Thank someone who writes, records, or builds something by tweeting, sharing, or blogging about their creations.

6. Give a personal token of your appreciation

I hate gifts that are boring, thoughtless, or sterile.  Giving someone a considerate gift says you actually thought about them.  It says you are really thankful.

7. Blog about your thankfulness

Although it was general in nature, last Thanksgiving I wrote a “Thank You Notes” blog post and emailed it to the people I was thinking about when writing it.  It gave me a chance to demonstrate how strongly I felt, without making it into a public circus.  Not everyone is a fan of the limelight.

8. Make them something

If you have any particular skill at crafting nice things, don’t hesitate to bake, build, write, or paint them something as a thank you.  Just make sure it’s actually nice.

9. Share a meal

Take them out to lunch or dinner.  Breaking bread is a great bonding experience and a wonderful way to say thank you.  Some of my best memories are great meals or a bottle of good wine.

10. Pay it forward

The movie “Pay it Forward” was interesting and helped showcase what might be possible if people paid good deeds forward multiple times.  If you are thankful to someone you can’t contact, pay it forward.

 

In a changing world, there is little certainty for what the future holds.  What should leaders invest in?  Invest in relationships.

Say thank you.

Have a thankful night,

Aaron@Biebert

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  • http://twitter.com/BetsyKCross Betsy Cross

    Great ideas Aaron. Thank you’s are so powerful. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • http://8pmWarrior.com Aaron Biebert

    Thank you Betsy! I am thankful for you and your middle of the night comments that break the ice and start up the discussion. I really appreciate that.

  • Susan Doud

    Aaron,
    I’m printing this list off and hanging it up to keep thankfulness in the forefront. I’d add another to your list- make your greeting meaningful. I think of this especially with my kids. The first time you see them home from their day at school, I try to make sure we really connect:) Thanks for your wonderful suggestions/reminders.

  • http://8pmWarrior.com Aaron Biebert

    Susan, I like the meaningful greeting suggestion. How two people initially react after a break really sets the tone for a relationship and I love your suggestion.

    Thanks for printing off my article, you might be the first person ever. :-)

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  • http://brianvickery.com Brian Vickery

    Well, I recorded a video (did a shoutout to you, by the way, because you are a TRUE influencer). I also blogged. And I’m a big fan of Paying it Forward.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Aaron.

  • http://8pmWarrior.com Aaron Biebert

    Hey Brian, thanks for including me in your video.  That’s a real honor.
    Have a great thanksgiving!

  • Brad Jermeland

    Great suggestions!

  • Marc Zazeela

    Sometimes its the simple, yet thoughtful, things that bring us the greatest rewards.  Being sincerely thankful  costs nothing yet it can buy so much!

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