The Butler Is In: Don't forget to say thank you
It's not just polite; saying thank you is one of the best ways to forge strong relationships
The Butler is in. CBC P.E.I. has launched a summer series featuring certified protocol and etiquette consultant John Robertson, who will guide us through how to do things the right way.
Robertson spends his summers in Murray Harbour, and is a professionally-trained English butler.
This week, Robertson has some advice about those powerful words, thank and you.
They can mean a lot, and even in these hectic times, it's important to find the time to express thanks, or as he likes to say, an "attitude of gratitude."
1. Successful people says thanks
In his career as a butler, Robertson has been able to observe many successful people, and says they all know the value of offering thanks. "They say thank you often. They say thank you like they mean it. To them, expressing thanks is not a duty to be avoided or shirked, it's an opportunity."
2. Thank you notes are still important
3. Write a real letter
An email or social media post just won't do, even in these electronic times. "The larger and more important the gift or occasion, an actual, real, hand-written letter is still the way to make your mark, to establish your personal brand. An email says well, maybe you don't care maybe much."
4. Unexpected thank you's are the best
"The effect on the recipient can be overwhelming, especially unexpected thank you's. Thank you for your time, thank you for your advice, your support, your understanding. It doesn't have to be something material. (There's) very little you can do in business that takes so little time, so little effort and so little expense with such huge upside in return."
5. Encourage the kids
Get your young folks to learn the thank you habit early. Grandparents are the most obvious people who deserve their thanks, for gifts, outings, and love. So find a way to get the kids to show that appreciation. "In their own way, they can say thank you. Drawing a picture of themselves with the gift. Parents can certainly get this in an envelope and put a stamp on it. Or send an email. Or take a selfie with a gift and send a text to Gram."
6. Face-to-face is the best
"Whenever it occurs to you, take the opportunity to say thank you. As a butler, I've had a head of state come find me in my office to say thank you to my face. He said he understood how his visit had caused general chaos to the household, and to thank me for everything we did for him and his team."
Best of all, Robertson advised, anyone can say thanks, and start doing it right away.
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With files from Island Morning