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How to thank someone for doing a favor
March 18, 2019 1st Anniversary Wishes 5 comments

No matter what you're thanking your customer for, here's how to do it But it's not just business — saying thanks is an important part of any social exchange we feel compelled to return the favor in how we spend our money.

Sample Letter #1

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I want you to know how much I appreciate your taking care of little Eric on Tuesday. It is rare to find such kind friends, especially ones who you can call at the last minute. With your help I was able to get to my doctor's appointment on time and get the medication I needed.

I'm glad we've become such good friends. I really think the world of you and your entire family. Call me when you need a favor.

Sample Letter #2

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Thank you for your kindness last Saturday. After my accident I was worried about how I could water the Doe's lawn while they were on vacation. It will be two months before I can resume my normal duties, but I certainly want to return the favor. Thanks for being such a great friend.

Sample Letter #3

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Thank you for helping with the Clean-up Campaign. Your generosity meant a lot to the other volunteers, and your energy and positive attitude helped us get the facilities painted in record time. Thanks for being such a good friend to the Shelter. We will never forget your example.

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Thank you very much for coming in last Saturday to help us get our new product shipped on time. It was close, but we met our deadline, thanks to you and the others who gave up part of their weekend to help out. Your dedication and hard work are greatly appreciated. Employees like you are what make the Doe Corporation great!

Sample Letter #5

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Thank you so much for allowing me to use your overhead projector when mine gave problems last week. My presentation would have suffered greatly without it. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

I hope that I can return the favor if you ever need assistance.

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When someone takes time to help you reach a goal, help you look your show of appreciation, or snub them with a canned "thanks" that feels like it . If you have someone that's always helping you out or quick to do a favor.

Examples of Words of Appreciation

how to thank someone for doing a favor

During the fall of 2010, I helped a young family friend named Daniel with his college essays, reviewing and editing them, and providing feedback and suggestions. I was nervous and excited for him. He applied early admission to his top choice. Admission decisions were mailed on December 15 — over a month ago. And while I do know that his essays were better than JFK’s, I still don’t know whether or not Daniel got in.

Last week, I wrote a post about the three key steps to asking for a favor. There is a fourth, equally important step that happens after you ask: closing the loop.

Consider two additional scenarios. How would you feel if:

  • Andrew, a good friend, asks to be put in touch with your cousin Stephanie, a senior marketing executive with a Fortune 100 firm. You make the introduction via email. Months pass. A week before heading to LA to see Stephanie, you realize Andrew never followed up to let you know how the conversation went, much less if it ever happened.
  • Lindsey, an esteemed colleague, asks for an introduction to a client of yours. You happily oblige. Over the next six weeks, Lindsey sends you no less than three emails informing you of her progress with the client and ultimately thanking you for the connection (she won a new piece of business!)

In hindsight, it’s completely obvious that both Daniel and Andrew dropped the ball by failing (or simply forgetting) to follow up to let me know about their respective outcomes. And while it’s easy to brush it off and say it was just bad form, the truth is, I’ll think long and hard about doing another favor for either of them anytime soon.

The lesson: Don’t leave someone hanging after they help you out, wondering about the outcome. It’s rude, it looks bad, and it actually has the potential to create negative consequences.

The right way to close the loop is simple: no matter the outcome, no matter if the news is good or bad, be sure to follow up and share what happened. Here’s how Daniel should have closed the loop:

  • Jodi, Hello and hope you’re well. I just wanted to share the good news — I’ve been admitted to Harvard and I’m thrilled. Thank you so much for your help, the hard work paid off! I’ll be sure to send you a t-shirt from Boston next fall. Best, Daniel
  • Jodi, how are you? I wanted to reach out to let you know that unfortunately I didn’t get good news from Harvard last week. While I’m certainly disappointed, I do appreciate all of your help. I’m finishing up my other applications this week and I’ll let you know how things pan out in the spring. Thanks again and have a happy New Year. Daniel.
  • While I had no professional stake in the outcome of Daniel’s application process, with Andrew it was a different story entirely. I stuck my neck out to introduce him to Stephanie. The fact that he never followed up with me not only left me in the dark; it made me look bad: I didn’t know whether or not to thank Stephanie for generously sharing her time, or apologize for Andrew’s lack of follow-through. A simple reminder in Daniel’s Outlook could have prompted him to shoot me a quick update several weeks later to give me an update.

    Irrespective of the outcome, Andrew could easily have kept me in the loop:

    • Jodi, thanks so much for putting me in touch with Stephanie; she and I spoke last week and she was extremely helpful. I know how busy she is so I very much appreciate you going out on a limb for me. We’re going to have coffee when I get to LA next month, I’ll let you know how it goes. Talk soon, Andrew.
    • Jodi, thanks again for agreeing to put me in touch with Stephanie. Unfortunately, we never managed to speak due to scheduling conflicts. At any rate, I appreciate the opportunity and I will keep you posted if we do manage to connect at some point in the future. Andrew.

    At the end of the day, people appreciate recognition and follow-through. A simple note to close the loop can mean the difference between maintaining a two-way relationship and tainting a once-good relationship. And while you certainly don’t have to go overboard and send cookies from Baking for Good like Lindsey did, it doesn’t hurt.

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Letters of Appreciation

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When someone you work with goes the extra mile to help you with a project or provides you with some other type of assistance, send a thank you note to show your appreciation. It only takes a few moments of your time, but it will mean a lot to your coworker.

10 Sample Thank Notes for Coworkers

Thank you notes don't have to be elaborate. You just need to be clear about what you're thanking your coworker for, and keep the tone friendly but professional. The 10 examples of thank you notes provided here cover a variety of situations you might commonly encounter in a work setting. Choose the one that best meets your needs and use one of these printable thank you card templates to craft a personal hand-written message.

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Thank You for Training Me

Michelle,

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I appreciate you training me to use the company's new software program. I now feel completely prepared to use it. Thanks again for answering all my follow-up questions, and I look forward to working with you on this project.

Sincerely,

Katherine Jones

Thank You for Trading Days Off

Sean,

I just wanted to make sure you know how much I appreciate your willingness to trade days off with me. Please let me know if you ever need me to return the favor, and I'll do my best to accommodate you.

Sincerely,

Jacob Kretz

Thank You for Taking My On-Call Shift

Marcus,

Thanks so much for taking that on-call shift for me. Three days in a row would have been exhausting. Let me know if you ever need me to take one for you.

Sincerely,

Art Frankel

Thank You for Helping Me on That Project

Cassie,

The project turned out to be a great success, due in large part to you. I appreciate your attention to detail, and your work ethic is outstanding. I'm looking forward to working with you again.

Regards,

Carol Connor

Thank You for Recommending Me for the Promotion

George,

I just want to thank you for the letter of recommendation you wrote for me when I applied for the Managing Editor position. I know what a busy schedule you have, and I really appreciate that you took the time to do it.

Regards,

Kylie Abercrombie

Thank You for Organizing My Retirement Party

Sam,

I'm touched that you organized such a wonderful retirement party for me at the office. You really went out of your way to make it special with the decorations and the deli tray, and the cake was delicious. Thanks for giving me such a terrific send off.

Sincerely,

Norma Smith

Thank You for the Lead on That Sale

Karen,

I really appreciate the lead you gave me on that sale. It turned out to be very lucrative. Thanks so much.

Regards,

Kevin McElroy

Thanks for Throwing Me a Shower at the Office

Jean,

I want to thank you for throwing me that baby/wedding shower yesterday at work. It was so kind of you, and the food and decorations were wonderful. You really have a talent for party planning!

Sincerely,

Sheila Manning

Thanks for Covering for Me While I Was On Maternity Leave

Jill,

I want to thank you for filling in for me while I was on maternity leave. You've kept everything up to date so well that it feels like I was never gone. Thanks for doing such an outstanding job.

Sincerely,

Marlie Chasen

Thanks for Organizing My Birthday Party

David,

Thanks so much for throwing a birthday party for me at the office. You're good at keeping a secret because I had no idea it was going to happen! The cake was delicious, and I had a wonderful time.

Sincerely,

Jim Reardon

Never Hesitate to Show Your Appreciation

It only makes sense to let your fellow workers know that you recognize and appreciate their special efforts. When you make a point of expressing gratitude to the people you work with, you'll likely find them much more willing to offer a helping hand again in the future.

And while I do know that his essays were better than JFK's, I still don't Jodi, thanks so much for putting me in touch with Stephanie; she and I.

100+ Best Thank You Messages for Girlfriend And Wife

how to thank someone for doing a favor

Expressing your gratitude is extremely important, no matter how small help or favor you got.

Say thank you with one of these short thanks messages and if you feel generous, throw in a thank you bouquet or a small gift.

The recipient will be overjoyed with the card and flowers and feel very much appreciated.

50+ Short Thanks Messages

  1. You always know how to make me laugh. Thank you for being my friend.
  2. How did I get so lucky to have a friend like you?
  3. Thank you so very much. You have made my day that much brighter just being you.
  4. Sometimes I just wonder what I would have done without you.
  5. Saying thank you hardly seems enough after all you have done for us.
  6. Despite your own work pressures you took out the time to help me out, I totally appreciate it! Thank you!
  7. Thank you for everything you have done and know that you are loved by all of us.
  8. Thank you for being there by my side every time I was crazy, mad and everything but myself.
  9. Thank you for your love and well wishes. They are greatly appreciated.
  10. Life has its trying moments; for your trust, cordiality and unique support; I say a big thank you.
  11. My heartfelt thanks to you for being there during my time of need. My love to you and yours.
  12. Your friendship means the world to me. Just wanted to let you know.
  13. We go together like peanut butter and jelly!
  14. Kindly receive my infinite gratitude for accepting my faults as part of my being. For your sincerity, thank you.
  15. Please accept my thanks for all that you have done to help us. We appreciate you.
  16. My happiness is centered around your love! Thank you for being the light of my life.
  17. Thank you for being with me in every crisis.
  18. For the incomparable love, care and support you gave in my trying moments, I say thank you for becoming a friend without minding my faults.
  19. The most invaluable asset I have is a gift of your friendship. Your friendship has rewarded me with love, understanding, and support; thank you.
  20. I like you because you’re weird and we’re weird together! Thanks for being an awesome friend.
  21. Here is a little thank you from me to you, a thank you for just being you.
  22. Whenever anything happens, the first thing I think of is telling you. That’s the sign of an awesome friend.
  23. You have always been kind and generous, but today your gesture was awesome. Thank you.
  24. Thank you for everything you have done, and I know that all of us adore you.
  25. I want to thank you for your love, patience , and kindness in all things you say and do.
  26. I thank you for teaching me what it means to be who I am and hold my head up high.
  27. You are the best. I’m so very glad I’m friends with you.
  28. I look forward to every second I spend with you-you make this city so much more fun.
  29. I am aware it is a big challenge for you to be on my side, but you never mention it. I’m so thankful!
  30. Thank you so much for your pleasant visit. I look forward to them.
  31. A friendship with someone like you is what brings true meaning to this life.
  32. Some people can’t go a day without coffee. I can’t spend a day without my best friend!
  33. Thank you for staying by my side, sharing my hopes and dreams, and just being you.
  34. You have been the only static thing in the crests and troughs of my life. Thank you, sweetheart.
  35. You are the best! Thanks for being there.
  36. Saying thank you is not enough to show how much I value everything about you.
  37. Thank you for showing me what it means to lift my head and smile again.
  38. I owe you thanks for all the years you have been by my side.
  39. Here is a little thank you message from me to you just for being in my life.
  40. You have been the only static thing in the crests and troughs of my life. Thank you, sweetheart.
  41. Saying thank you is not enough to show how much I value everything about you.
  42. There are a few who step in always. Thanks for pitching in. It worked.
  43. You have been generous and gracious always. Thank you for being so supportive.
  44. Thank you for being here, your presence is the solution
  45. Thank you for your kind wishes and heartfelt thoughts. They are much appreciated.
  46. These thank you words are coming from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done for me.
  47. Thank you for staying by my side, for sharing my hopes and dreams.
  48. Thank you for standing by me despite my faults, my tears, and all of my mistakes.
  49. Your presence made my day even more special. Thank you.
  50. I cherish you and everything about you. Thank you for being there for me.
  51. Seriously, you saved my day. Thank you, you were awesome.

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