The Mariners 2011 season ends today, and the clubhouse will feel like a classroom on the last day of school. It’s full of mixed emotions as everyone says goodbye, knowing that the offseason will bring changes and new faces.
I started my end-of-the-year preparations a couple days ago, writing out my usual batch of “Thank You” notes to the players and coaches I’ve worked closely with all year long. The cards are only 3 sentences long and handwritten. It’s a simple gesture to let each person know I appreciate their efforts and willingness to talk to me during the season.
The cards paid immediate dividends. Within an hour a handful of players sought me out to say thank you for taking the time to write a card. A few hours later, 3 of those players were part of my post-game interviews, and were fantastic.
Using “Thank You” cards a business tool is an effective way to cultivate relationships and keep the lines of communication open. Think of them as an extension of your face-to-face conversations. A heartfelt note, packs a powerful punch and makes an impact. I’ve seen it happen time and time again with professional athletes and coaches, and I know it will make a difference in your workplace.
I created an entire line of greeting cards to help you make an impact at work, and for every set purchased from now until October 31, I’ll make a donation to the Bellevue Boys and Girls club. 50% of the $20 price will go help underserved youth.
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