I wrote on this blog that I find that rule ridiculous and that I always thank my audience (at the end, not the beginning). The audience has taken time out of their busy schedule, maybe paid money to attend, they've collaborated and partnered with me to create a fulfilling and memorable experience, and damn right they deserve to be thanked.
Now, I'm seeing this trend in e-mail marketing, teleseminars and other places where the writer or speaker could be showing appreciation to their attendees and readers but instead are saying things like:
Or using words like "acknowledge/affirm/recognize" instead of "thank."
I admit that I use "congratulations" sometimes when someone has signed up for a program. I do want to celebrate their decision to take a big step forward in addressing their public speaking concerns and expending the time, money and commitment required to grow as a speaker.
I think the "fear of thank you" is -- again -- ridiculous.
If you tell someone "thank you" for signing up for your program or attending your webinar, you are somehow in a "one-down" position, conceding some sort of advantage or superiority to the person who signed up? The audience should be thanking you for your brilliance and wisdom, but you shouldn't be thanking them because somehow if you thank them, you become the needy, subservient, desperate party? It's wrong to show gratitude that people came to your event or joined your program or downloaded your e-book? Poppycock!
I just don't get it.