Appreciation Letter Topics by variablepitch335


									Appreciation Letter Topics
Appreciation letters are among the most important forms of correspondence source:
An appreciation letter is important because it:
Can form or strengthen positive business and personal relationships. Promotes opportunities for further interpersonal collaboration. Praises someone for an outstanding performance or a job well done. Encourages or motivates someone to reach even greater accomplishments. Thanks someone for their needed assistance or helpful contribution. Acknowledges receipt of a resume, invitation, report, or another important document.

In your heartfelt appreciation letter, be sure to:
Explain why you are writing to express your gratitude. Be sincere--most people can sense when you are not being honest. Write clearly and concisely; this is no time to be longwinded or flowery. Handwrite your personal appreciation letter on a sheet of stationery, but use customized letterhead for business correspondence. Avoid thanking the person beforehand--for example: ‘Thanking you in advance for your help in this matter.’ To do so is presumptuous and suggests you do not feel the need to write a follow-up letter. Write the appreciation letter within a few days of whatever happened to inspire your gratitude. Address your appreciation letter to a specific person, if possible, not just to the company or to the organization in general. A sincere, well-written appreciation letter can create or strengthen interpersonal rapport and can open doors to other productive opportunities in the future.

Prepared by Pat Kamalani Hurley, Professor CC Leeward CC (University of Hawai'i)

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