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Thank you note etiquette for personal or business cards and notes is not complicated. Did you know that some people get so worried about creating perfect thank you notes that they end up never sending them?
They forget that thank you notes are simply how we say "thanks" when someone does or says something nice, or gives us a gift.
Even the most naïve, imperfectly put together thank you note with real, personal feelings, is better than the best thank you note in the world that doesn't get sent.
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it"
William Arthur Ward
You can read the basic 'Golden Rules' here for thank you note etiquette.
I've also included a collection of thank you note examples which are completely free for you to copy and personalise.
I hope these resources will help to dispel any lingering worries you have about the thank you notes you need to write!
When you receive a gift.
Find thank you note examples here for:
Following a bereavement
Find sample thank you notes here for sympathy letters, flowers, or mass cards you have received.
When you have been entertained or received hospitality
Find thank you note examples here to use
For notes or gifts of congratulations.
Read thank you note ideas here for notes or gifts of congratulations.
... because short note will mark you out as a person with impeccable manners
After a job interview
Lots of people don't bother to send thank you notes after interviews ... doing so will make your application stand out for all the best reasons!
Please come back early in the New Year to see my brand new pages packed with sample interview thank you notes (both for before and after an interview, and for many other business uses too!
When one of your friends does something nice for you
It's very thoughtful ... and quick and easy ... to dash off a quick note when one of your friends:
Life without our most trusted pals would be so much poorer ... and it's nice to show them how much they are appreciated!
To sales representatives
When someone has entertained you personally as part of a business relationship, it is courteous to drop them a note of thanks ... and you never know where you might run into them again!
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