How To Write A Thank You Note

Do you write thank you notes? After every one of my speaking engagements, I send out several thank you notes and gifts to make sure meeting planners know how much I appreciate them and the excellent work they do.

The more thank you notes you send, the more you'll discover there is a real art of knowing how to write a thank you note. Thank you notes need to be about the person who is receiving the note instead of about you. They need to be specific and sincere. Most of all, the best thank you notes make a positive, lasting impression while leaving the recipient feeling appreciated.


Kathy and I recently received one of the most creative thank you notes ever. Well, we sort of received it…the note was actually delivered in a care package to Techie, our French Bulldog. Kathy and I will never forget this special note and gift! In fact, we've told all our friends about it and now I'm blogging about it. How's that for leaving an impression?! Check it out…

How To Write A Thank You Note

Dear Georgia Techster Julian a.k.a. Techie —

I've got a favor to ask you and I'm going to bribe you with dog treats. Most people use money to bribe, but since you are a dog, I know food is your currency.

Please thank Kathy, your human mom, for hosting the group at the Speak It Forward Boot Camp. It was a lovely evening. Everything was wonderful — the atmosphere, the food, and the company. Anyone who enters your home can automatically feel the love and comfort that radiates.

Please thank Kent, your human dad, for creating an inspiring three days for me at the Speak It Forward Boot Camp that helped not only clarify how to get started in speaking, but also areas of priority for me. It will serve me for years to come. I've revised my to-do list process to the 101 Percent Goal List that he taught us which has helped me tremendously. Since leaving the conference I have also established my own website ( and will be speaking this January to a group of 50+ people.

One of the biggest mental gremlins I was facing during the conference was the question of how I was going to make this all work with my upcoming move to Hawaii. On the last day of the Boot Camp Kent spoke on the concept of “Hobby Job.” This reinforced that speaking can be done on the side while you are in transition to becoming a professional speaker. When it comes down to it, I love speaking. It is a huge energizer and mental boost for me. I know that this “Hobby Job” strategy will serve me well and be a great outlet while my husband is deployed over the next three years.

Keep those face wrinkles clean and try not to slobber too much when you eat these treats.

All the best and God bless —

Laura McClernon


Now that's how to write a thank you note that leaves a positive, lasting impression! THANK YOU Laura for making the entire Julian family, including Techie, feel loved and appreciated.

Question for readers: What's the most creative thank you letter you've ever sent or received?