Two years ago I tweeted a direct thank you message to a famous author. I had greatly enjoyed his book and used it with my mastermind group. To my surprise, he responded within an hour. This led to a back and forth conversation by email, then to a phone call, a podcast interview, and ultimately to a visit to his office to have lunch when I was speaking in his state. Today, we are colleagues and connect by phone every so often to stay in touch.
Lest you think the above story is an anomaly, it has actually happens often in my work and has enriched my life in ways that I could not have imagined. When I was just considering the speaking profession, I sent a thank you and inquiry to another author, now enjoying his heavenly reward, Og Mandino. Og wrote back and encouraged me to become a speaker, sharing connections that would change my life. Was his letter impactful? Yes! That was 2,500 seminars ago.
Not only does it feel great to acknowledge those who have served you, thank you notes often have the result of bring the giver and the receiver together. For best results, reach out in ways and in places where your communication has the best chance of not being lost in a sea of other emails or in a pile of unsolicited mail. Here are a few tips: