Saying thank you for referrals or introductions to people is an important way to express your gratitude, and educate your network that you would like more of these. (This includes both your internal firm network and your external network) With a little thought and pre-planning, you can implement these ideas very quickly and always have something to hand when you want to say thank you. You could always use these ideas for when you want to say thank you to someone for a piece of good advice or help with your career development. [sc name=NetworkingPlan] Here are some low cost ways of saying thank you:

  1. say thank you in person
  2. phone them to say thank you
  3. write an email to say thank you
  4. send an ecard to say thank you
  5. send a postcard to say thank you – how about using moo cards to make up a batch of personalised postcards?
  6. send a greeting card to say thank you – how about setting up a moonpig account for your staff to use?
  7. send a tweet to say thank you
  8. send flowers
  9. send chocolate – how about buying some catering boxes of chocolate in advance?
  10.  send personalised chocolate
  11.  send a bottle of wine
  12.  send a bottle of champagne
  13.  send a personalised miniature bottle of wine or bubbly
  14.  say thank you with an introduction to someone they will want to meet
  15.  say thank you with a referral to someone they will want to meet
  16.  write a blog post about what’s great about they and their business
  17.  buy them a beer/wine/coffee next time you meet
  18.  tweet about what’s great about them and their business
  19.  make a point of commenting on their blog
  20.  email a couple of their blog posts to your network
  21.  share some of their blog posts on your LinkedIn status
  22.  tweet a couple of their blog posts
  23.  share some of their blog posts on the LinkedIn groups you are an active member of
  24.  send them some homemade biscuits
  25.  send them some homemade cakes
  26.  send them some homemade fudge or sweets
  27.  take them out for a meal
  28.  take them out to the theatre
  29.  take them out to a sporting event of their choice
  30.  sending them and the person they referred to you a voucher which can be redeemed against your firm’s services and products
  31.  send them a john lewis or M&S giftcard
  32.  send them a pre-loaded starbucks or costa coffee gift card

What else would you add to this list? [sc name=NetworkingPlan]

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