In the rush of December, you may be lacking a bit in the creativity department. You are a sales professional, a sales leader, or a company executive looking for a creative way to say thank you to a:
- staff member
Unique gifts and actions stand out. They differentiate and make you memorable. In the sales profession this is a GREAT thing. I learned this many years ago when a colleague of mine sent 12 dozen roses to our co-worker he wanted to take out on a date (they later married, despite "Rule #1" at work - never date a co-worker). They have been married for 21 years. I know that I will NEVER forget that particular gift, because it was such an amazing stand out. (this was when good roses cost about $75 a dozen.)
Gain visibility through differentiation. I have sworn off sending cookies and brownies to clients (although if I still did, I'd definitely recommend these guys). Once one of my clients increased the size of their corporate gym and started holding "Biggest Loser" weight loss contests, I knew that sweet treats made me the enemy of their projected lowered health costs. Now I see the light and don't want to give anyone sugared treats - especially prospects or clients.
So what to give? Here are some top recommendations from past posts - bottom line is that people want to be recognized, and they want to be appreciated. Beyond that, they can be helped greatly through more visibility online. You have the power to recommend them, write about them, endorse them, and connect them. Do that, and you'll have customers and colleagues for life.
In addition to these great posts to give you ideas, please share yours in the comments.
Gifts for Building Business Relationships - on Huffington Post
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