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‘Tis the season! This is one of my favorite times of the year. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. I’m sure many people feel that way. And as an entrepreneur, it’s a great time to show gratitude to so many amazing people in your life.
Today’s topic is to create sincere and intriguing ways of showing gratitude to your clients, colleagues, business associates, and/or employees/independent contractors.
All of these people are responsible for contributing to your success as an entrepreneur, and authentic gratitude is by far one of the best ways to say “thank you.”
Of course, sending a generic card that’s signed with your name to it, is at least a thought. However, is that all these people who contributed to you are worth?
I understand that budget may be a concern, as it usually is with entrepreneurs. This may be something you want to allocate for in 2019. However, for this moment in time, cards are a great way to go to let people know that you appreciate them.
Here are some cost effective, yet meaningful, Christmas gifts that simply say “thank you:”
1 — Buy a package of cards. Ensure that you have each person’s full name and mailing address. To each person who did some specific and special task for you, said something nice, or just helped you out in some sort of way, take a card for each of them and in your own handwriting, write what that gesture meant to you, and sign your name. Go to this special place called the post office, get stamps, and mail each card off. Personalizing a card will take you longer to do than sending a quick eCard or having your assistant mail generic cards with your signature stamped on the card, but isn’t the additional time taken worth it to show appreciation to those who have helped you be a success?
2 — Find thought-provoking self and professional developments books on Amazon. Preferably a book that you’ve read. Set a budget for this. Maybe $5-$10 per book. Send these as gifts with a personalized note, letting them know that you thought of them and feel this book will be the perfect addition to their home library. Of course, doing this means that you know the person well, that you’ve read the book, or that you believe the book would serve them well. The point is to be sincere, gracious, and to make people feel like the special people that they are to you.
3 — And finally, pick up your cell and call the people in your life to let them know just how much they mean to you. Everyone sends a text, an email, or an eCard, but how many people take the time to have a 5-15 minute call with someone to let them know how much they are appreciated? Obviously, this will be a time-consuming Christmas gift if you have a long list of people to thank for contributing to you. However, that seems like a great problem to have. You don’t have to call all of them on Christmas Day. You can make it a point to schedule these meaningful calls throughout the month of December, but before the 25th.
Today’s LESSON is to be grateful in all that you do.
FUN ASSIGNMENT: Choose to do one kind gesture a day in the month of December for either a stranger or a loved one. This should turn into a habit by the end of the month that will lead to you doing kind gestures throughout all of next year.
Nitara Osbourne owns The Infinite Writer Agency, LLC, which provides content to producers, publishers, and sales people seeking help with developing their life stories into nonfiction books and movie scripts. Ghostwriting and content writing services are provided for clients as well. If you’re an accomplished sales or business professional, and are looking to tell your story, contact Nitara Osbourne. InfiniteWriterAgency@gmail.com.