Give Thanks All the Time
Now that we are in the month of November, we’re growing closer to one of the best holidays of the year, Thanksgiving, where we gather with our close friends and family and eat a wonderful meal to show our appreciation for what we are graced to have in our lives.
However, it is important to realize that being thankful should be a year round practice and not just once a year. We all have a lot of blessings to count that need to be noted on more days than just one. This thankfulness translates into showing genuine passion, which can be very helpful as a public relations professional.
When in contact with anyone, whether it be a client, the agency or firm you work for, or any other member of the public, showing your genuine thankfulness goes a long way. If you are truly appreciative of someone doing a favor for you, being cooperative and kind, or lending a helping hand in any way, say thank you! Those two simple words go a long way, and they help you to look like an honest and caring communicator.
Another great practice is sending thank you notes. Sometimes, it’s nice to take that extra step and type up or write up a note from the heart to someone you appreciate. It’s a gesture that people recognize and enjoy more than you would think.
I’m not suggesting that you put on an act and show fake appreciation or “over-appreciation.” However, taking the time to show that you really care about people more than one day out of the year goes a long way; they always say if you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything at all, but I say if you have something nice to say, go ahead and say it. Public relations is all about honest and open communications, which means positive emotions are more than welcome in order to show that you really care about a client, coworker, friend, family member, or anyone else.
This blog post was written by Gavin Joyce, Vice President