- always express your gratitude
- be sure to include an item of interest from your meeitng or conversation - a joke or a shared moment of humor
- reaffirm whatever commitments you both made - going both ways
- be brief and to the point
- always address the thank-you note to the person by name
- use e-mail and snail mail. the combination adds a personalized touch
- timeliness is key. send them as soon as possible after the meeting or interview
- many people wait until the holidays to say thank you or reach out. why wait? your follow-ups will be timelier, more appropriate, and certainly better remembered
- don't forget to follow up with those who have acted as the go-between for you and someone else. let the original referrer know how the conversation went, and express your appreciation for their help.
make follow-up a habit. make it automatic. when you do, the days of struggling to remember people's names - and of other people struggling to remember yours - will be a thing of the past.