Loving Acknowledgements and Lolly Bananas

I love reading acknowledgements in books. I read them before I start the book and then often again at the end.

Why?

Because acknowledgements show how much effort goes into helping someone reach their goal.

They are wide and varied. They acknowledge everyone from researchers, to friends, wives, husbands, editors, children, agents….the list goes on

Some of my favourite acknowledgements appear in Arianna Huffington’s book Thrive. She thanks people using phrases such as –

“I am deeply grateful to…

“My gratitude goes to …

“I drew wisdom and research from..

How often do we take the time to acknowledge the team of people in our life who help us achieve success? How beautiful are the phrases Arianna uses? Borrow them.

Last year I attended a fabulous conference run by Business Chicks. Prior to the conference all attendees were asked to answer a few questions about themselves, one of them being “tell us one thing you wouldn’t have known about me”. My answer was that “I hate bananas, yet love lolly bananas”

When I returned home from the conference I received a box of lolly bananas with a thank you card personally written and signed from the CEO Emma Isaacs and her team.

With all the people that attended the conference, this Small Act made me feel so special.

According to news.com.au, the average number of business related emails we receive per day is 120 and rising.

Over the next few days, sit back and reflect upon those who have helped you get where you are today and implement one Small Act.

Stand out by acknowledging your customers with a handwritten note rather than an email. Send them a book, a magazine or something that reflects you cherish their custom and are connected to their interests.

Thank them for something specific, thank them for something general like just being dependable.

This Small Act is sure to have a Major Impact on someone’s day. Better still, it will make you feel great as you will be thinking about all the people who have brought positive things into your life.

When was the last time you acknowledged someone’s effort just because?

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated”.–William James

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