Archive for March 6th, 2007

The Power of Thank You

Always say thank you. Always.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve helped out other business owners and entrepreneurs, and have yet to receive a simple thank you. And this is often from some big names.

Sometimes, I’ve approached them to offer help. Other times, they’ve asked for my assistance or advice.

For example, I recently gave some feedback to a very well-known guru on a particular system the guru was using. Turns out, this was on something the guru knew was a problem and had been wanting to change and improve. The guru contacted me to ask some questions, and I was very happy to relate what I knew, which was quite a lot.

And you know what happened next?

Nothing. Nada. Zip. There was absolutely no further response, much less anything in the way of “Thank you. I really appreciate your time in helping me and answering my questions.”

Don’t get so big for your britches that you forget simple manners. If you think you don’t have time to be bothered, well, then consider the fact that from a business standpoint, you don’t want to become known as someone who is just a user, and not genuine after all. Not good for business.

It really doesn’t matter what the scenario is. Everyone appreciates being recognized, and there is nothing as ill-mannered as forgetting to thank those who help you along the way.

It makes the world a better place, and in the process, you show your class and good breeding (or not as the case may be).