Gene Mundt had a great post on phone etiquette, that I couldn't agree with more. It led me to thinking about frustrations I've had with regard to a simple RSVP.
How many of you even know what RSVP means? In French (ok, I'm not promoting the French) but it means "Respondez S'll Vous Plait" or, "Please respond"
RSVP requests through history have been sent with an invitation. Heck, the host or hostess would really LIKE TO KNOW how many of their INVITED (thats right folks...you got INVITED to an event) are really going to attend. One might ask..."who cares how many people are there?" As the hostess of a NUMBER of get togethers let me address that.
#1. Me, as said hostes as I'm trying to plan how much food, drink, tables and chairs to plan for your otherwise lazy butt.
#2 Ok. Let's assume you just ignore said invitation all together. REALLY!??? YOU ACTUALLY HAVE THE NERVE TO IGNORE an invitation! I'm no Emily Post, but that's just RUDE and I personally find it incredibly insulting to have an invitation IGNORED. Ignore said invite.....you'll probably not make the "cut" for the next gathering.
Yea I guess I'm old school. I still send out personalized thank you notes, I write letter, (HANDWRITTEN) to my elderly grandma thanking her for some china she sent to me and I say "thank you "when a request or invitation is made of me, whether I can make the event or not.
Think of this as a business practice....
A potential buyer/borrower calls you to inquire about a piece of property or perhaps about a loan. Do you RESPOND to said inquiry with a THANK YOU, after said inquiry was made? You'd better.
I guarantee you....If it were me, and you responded with a personal response, I'm more likely to remember you AND to have respect for you for if nothing more, responding with some social graces.
Folks, we live in a social media and techno-rich environment. It seems to me that the the "Thank You" card or stationary available at your local card store is getting not so much attention. Let's just not forget to say THANK YOU, where those thank you's are deserved.