Someone sent a bouquet of flowers to a colleague and she doesn’t know who was behind it. My friend sends thank you cards, and in some cases, brownies, to make a lasting impression.
I gain psychic compensation connecting great people on LinkedIn in hopes of their eventual collaboration (my company name is connect2collaborate, ya know). Both get the benefit of reviewing each other’s profiles, based on my advance comments and thus the conversation is greatly improved ahead of time, for mutual clarity and opportunity of cooperation. And I know these connections last far beyond the shelf life of flora or flour.
To each is or her own, I say, anything to show you care.
Did you know you can even record a voice message and send via LinkedIn? This hybrid method can be really effective in the right situation. A perfect blend of an e-hug via intonation and emphasis in your voice on our favorite platform.
See, unsolicited presents come in many packages.
Not everyone knows what to do when they are “gifted” and know how to react. The receiver of the flowers still has no idea who sent them but is so complimented. In my world, a referral of someone else to you can be the ultimate exchange of gifts.
But the recipient of your favor will certainly remember your kindness. No matter how you channel your warm appreciation, show it in whatever way is appropriate for the situation. Just do it.
As mentioned here 2 other times, be a mensch.