Why birthdays are an important to your relationship life

Today is my 47th birthday. 

So far, I've received about 20 thoughtful emails from friends and biz mates wishing me a great day.  How do they know it's my birthday?  They found out somehow, put it in their calendar and remembered to send me a note or call me today.  They also probably voted! 

I really appreciate the thought, and it makes me feel special. 

I've learned that birthdays are a platform (excuse) to let someone know how much you care about him or her.  Done on other days, a person might be suspicious or cynical.  On your birthday, anyone can give you some love! 

I've noticed that great networkers are birthday wishing fanatics.  They find out the birthday early on, schedule a reminder and take the time to follow up.  Facebook makes it even easier as most users have their birthday on their profile and your 'friend feed' shows all your friends having birthdays.  

My New Year's resolution is to be much much better at being a B-Day wisher.  

PS — If you want to do something nice for me today, buy a copy of Saving The World at Work for yourself, your friend or your team.  Nothing would make me happier!

7 responses to “Why birthdays are an important to your relationship life

  1. I found a way to really make my friends’ (and customers’) birthdays memorable, by sending out a customized card–not an e-card or e-mail, a real card, in the postal mail. I send it via PC and the font is my own handwriting. Pretty nifty. It’s at sendoutcards.com/58646.

  2. Happy birthday a day late Tim. I’m attending C3 this weekend as well and hope to meet you at some point.
    BTW, there’s a great Facebook app called Birthday Alert that will send you an email each day with a list of all of your friends on Facebook who have birthdays that date. I found it to be a great way to not miss a birthday without having to remember to check into Facebook on a daily basis.

  3. Belated birthday wishes. One of the upsides of naming my company 423 Communication is that I get lots of birthday cards from clients. That’s because 423 stands for April 23, my birthday and William Shakespeare’s.

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