I trust this finds you well, healthy & enjoying your beautiful life. I missed writing you last week as I was sick with that nasty cold that has been going around and was also resting and recovering from leading six days of the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training here in San Francisco. The training was epic and I am happy in my heart and body to be on the mend!
Here is a pic of our 2-7 yr. old graduates …
Say hello to 19 new Kids Yoga Teachers!
During the past few weeks I have been asked about and also contemplating, on my own, the very concept of giving thanks. Mostly because lately I have been receiving a lot of gratitude and also because I have been giving a lot too and so I have been noticing what it looks and feels like to give and receive.
Specifically, how do we say thank you to a studio who hosts an event that we led? How do we honor that teacher who subbed for us? Or what is a meaningful way to acknowledge the colleague who gave us a valuable referral? And what about when a student gifts us with a present, how do we let them know we appreciate the sentiment? Or that parent who gives a social media shout out in praise of our class, how do we acknowledge their time and generosity?
These things matter!
I am sure you will agree, saying thank you, giving thanks & having an attitude of gratitude is important to do, not just on Thanksgiving, but all year long. When we take time to show our appreciation, it lets other people know that we care about them. That we recognize their efforts and how they show up for us in the world. That they are an important person to us.
The truth is, acknowledgment, specifically in biz, is one of the greatest ways that we can connect with others, deepen our relationships, build trust, and grow our business. Simply because, business growth is all dependent on the quality of business relationships.
Makes sense right?!
Well, just like giving thanks and letting people know that you care matters, so too does not saying, “thank you.” When we miss that moment to give thanks and acknowledge another, it can be damaging to the relationship. I know this first hand, as I recently hooked a colleague up with a new (and big) teaching opportunity, and I never heard a single peep from her. No “thank you,” no nothing. Ouch.
So don’t miss out on giving thanks for that sweet referral, student gift, studio host, teaching sub, generous mentor, or social shout out. Here are a few ways to show your appreciation that will help to deepen your relationships and grow your business.
Tell them. Words of affirmation are powerful and when shared in person, with eye contact, it can be really moving and inspiring.
Send an email. A simple email expressing your gratitude will most certainly let someone know that you care. Keep the email focused solely on the act you are appreciating and consider a fun attachment like an image of a bouquet of flowers or a dancing character singing a thank you song.
Make a phone call. Nothing will ever replace the good ole phone call. Going old school and picking up the phone is a wonderful way to use your voice and say “thank you.”
Give a gift. Depending on the size of the act that you are honoring, a small gift can be a sweet sentiment to show your appreciation. Examples of simple gifts that don’t cost much are an iTunes gift card, a plant delivery, a journal, a book, a box of chocolates or a candle. Whichever you choose, they all show you care.
Mail a card. Like the phone call gesture, going old school with a hand-written card is always appreciated. If you can, keep it a surprise and find out the recipients home or work mailing addy from someone else.
Do a social media shout out. Posting on social media is a simple, free and powerful way to show your thanks that will not only affect the person you are acknowledging but all their “friends” will hear your sentiments and learn about your biz.
Offer a discount. People always appreciate saving money and getting discounts. Offering a discount for them to use on their next purchase with you is a great way to honor them while also keeping them on as a customer.
There are so many ways to show someone that you appreciate them which helps to preserve and nurture your relationship. How do you feel when you get acknowledged? What are some ways you have received appreciation? Leave a comment and let us know, so we can all learn from you!
In support of you,
PS – If you feel like you’re not getting – or giving – enough gratitude try this simple mantra and see if you notice any shift…I clearly see all there is to be grateful for in life. I acknowledge the blessings I have received in my life with gratitude and I offer my gratitude to all.
PPS – I am so grateful for you! Thank you for being in The Biz of Kids Yoga community and for doing the work you do in the world. Our children, families and schools need you – you matter!