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The Art of Thank You: Crafting Notes of Gratitude Hardcover – April 28, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
Sometimes the simplest topics make for the most impressive work. The idea of writing this guide on how to say thank you is just such a topic. Few other two-word phrases hold as much power as thank you. And yet it is something we often forget to do or shy away from.
Leas' book begins with a simple explication on why we should write thank-you notes. She moves on to explain when thank you notes are appropriate - when they are socially required, when they are socially suggested, and when they are completely gratuitous. Next, Leas tackles the form of the note itself. Whether it should be on stationery, in a card, hand written, typed, etc. matter - but not that much, Leas says. However, things she suggests to avoid are email and ecards - she feels they may be considered overly simply or cheap and not very thoughtful. She feels so strongly about it that she says, "It is almost better to not send a thank you at all than to resort to these measures."
The next several chapters are how-to's. Leas goes through conventions for writing social and business thank you's, talks about how to tackle those huge thank-you lists you are likely to face in your life, and how to get kids to get on the thank-you writing bandwagon. Leas ends the book with a chapter about how writing thank-you notes can enlarge the soul.
A lot of people help us out every day. Sometimes it is big help, sometimes it is small. Remembering to say "thank you" makes a difference -- for ourselves and for those we thank.Read more ›
Connie Leas has reminded us that saying thank you is more than just proper etiquette, she in this short, easy to read work has reminded us about the good that comes from expressing ones thanks for whatever and whenever.
In our world of high tech, email, Blackberry world, Leas brings us back down to earth when she reminds us of the career value in saying thanks. During that portion of her work, I could not help recall that during my military and now civilian career the times I received what can best be described as a letter of appreciation for a job well done. What a positive effect it had on me and several times those who cared to write about how I had given to them what they perceived was my best helped me through a rough time.
At first I thought a written thank you or letter of appreciation in the business world was so old fashion and that the receipient really didn't care, well I was wrong. I can remember being in an organization that had field offices across much of upstate New York that I was required to visit. It amazed me to see little folded notes with the organization logo tacked up in the cubicles of the staff. When I commented on them I was further amazed as to how proud the receipients were of a few quickly written words thanking them for a contribution no matter how small.
As I moved up in my career I started writing little short notes to those I supervised on special occassions. The results were fantasic in raising morale and improving performance.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tells you when to write a thank you note, I was looking for a book to help write them better.Published on July 8, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This book was extremely helpful. It was an excellent conditionPublished on July 2, 2014 by NOLA girl
This book was a HUGE help. There are a lot of ideas on how to write thank you notes, with some interesting pointers and examples.Published on April 5, 2013 by AMC