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How to Show Your Gratitude to Key Business Partners

Any business knows that the clients are a major contributor to success. Without your clients and business partners, you would have no business. It’s important to acknowledge your key business partners to thank them for their business and encourage their continued support.

Send a Thank You Card

Everyone appreciates getting a thank you note. It’s a simple gesture that speaks volumes. You can use a thank you note for your business partner’s collaboration, referrals, participation, etc. It’s important to send these thank you cards as close to the event as possible. This will quickly assure them that they are appreciated. It’s also essential to keep your thank you notes fairly short. Be complementary and provide necessary details but keep it concise and direct. There are several elements to an excellent thank you card, but one element you shouldn’t skip on is referring to the future. Mention your enthusiasm to continue working with them and receiving their support in the future. While a thank you note is a kind gesture, it’s also an excellent way to foster a positive relationship.

Send Gifts

Sending gifts is another great way to show appreciation, but it’s important to be thoughtful about the gifts you send. First of all, you should make sure you send something relevant to the person. If your associates are golfers, you can give them a golf-themed gift. This will provide them with something they enjoy, and it shows that you are aware of their interests. You also need to be considerate of your business. You want to represent yourself well, so make sure you keep it tasteful and in line with your business principles. You also don’t want to overwhelm your business partners with promotional material or make it appear as though you are bribing them. Be considerate of the timing of gifts and present it simply as a token of appreciation.

Take Them to Lunch

Taking your business partners out to lunch is a wonderful opportunity to build your relationship outside the office. Lunch is a much more casual and comfortable setting where you can get to know them while still having time to talk business if necessary. To show your appreciation for them, make it clear that you are taking them out and covering the bill. You don’t want to suffer through the uncomfortable moment of figuring out who’s paying once the check comes. Be clear about your intentions. 

It’s also courteous to let them pick the location. You can offer a few options but try to let them make the final decision. There are several rules of etiquette for a business lunch. One such rule is getting there early. You don’t want to make your client wait for you and you should also take the time to make sure everything is suitable. It’s also polite to turn off your phone. This is an appreciation lunch, so give them your full attention.

Showing gratitude for your business partners is very important. It lets them know that their efforts and collaboration are being recognized and appreciated. You can also foster your relationship with them so you can continue doing business in the future.

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About the Author Miha Matlievski

Breaking taboo called FAILURE by talking openly about it, sharing my fail stories and lessons that I learned on my way back from hell. I had four successful companies that at one time all went bankrupt. You could say that I went from hero to zero. But I managed to survive! Down that road I became Fail Coach not by degree but by failing personally and professionally, learning from my failures and growing. If you are looking for a coach try not to find one with shiny diploma hanging on his wall but one that has personally gone to hell and back.

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