With only 11 days til Christmas, we have well and truly entered the festive season. At the end of every year, most people typically stop and reflect on the year that has passed. It’s at this time that we realise all that we have achieved, all that we are still striving toward, and all that we are thankful for.
The BNI Philosophy is Givers Gain. Given that it is the end of the year, and we are all starting to feel festive and thankful for all we have achieved this year, I felt that this would be a good time to think about Gifts that we can Give to others this holiday season. The following four gift suggestions are simple, free, and they can be given to clients, colleagues, partners, strangers, family and friends.
The Gift of Gratitude – Gratitude is all about showing your appreciation in some way. To show your gratitude to your clients, partners and colleagues, you might send them a personal email or call them and personally thank them for their business. To show you appreciate your suppliers, you could write them a testimonial, send them a personal email, post a nice comment on their facebook page or simply acknowledge something they have taken the time to do – like a newsletter or blog article. Personally, I love it when someone responds to my newsletter or blog entry. It truly does give me a sense of appreciation that I have helped someone in some way, and that my time has not been wasted.
The Gift of Interest – Showing interest in someone’s life, business, situation or even conversation shows that you care. This holiday season, be sure to show interest in others when you are at networking events, social gatherings and family functions.
The Gift of Small Favours & Acts of Kindness. I was on the bus in recently and there was a little old lady who made it her purpose to do everything she could to help others around her. In the 30 minutes that we spent on the bus together, she helped two people. First, a little old man was carrying so many items that he had to make two trips to get all his stuff off the bus. So this lady, without being asked, carried the rest of this man’s items off the bus for him. Second, a girl needed change out of a 10 dollar note so she could buy a bus fair. When the girl asked the rest of the passengers for help, this lady was the first person to open her purse and offer assistance. If this lady could help two people in 30 minutes, imagine how many people she helps every day? Small favours and acts of kindness are small gifts that cost nothing to give but can mean a whole lot to another person. So this festive season, why not make it your mission to be the first person to offer assistance to those in need?
The Gift of Thanks – This simple six letter word goes a long way. A simple ‘thanks’ shows that you appreciate that someone has gone out of their way to help you. Think about everyone who has helped you today, yesterday, last week, last year and remember to say thanks.
I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read this blog entry and every other blog entry you have read this year. I really appreciate your attention, your interest and feedback. If there are any specific topics you would like me to cover, please do let me know. I would really love to hear your suggestions.
Thank you, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!