13 Ways to Respond to Thank You
- You’re welcome.
- You’re very welcome.
- That’s all right.
- No problem.
- Don’t mention it.
- It’s my pleasure
- No worries.
- My pleasure.
- It was the least I could do.
- Glad to help.
- Thank YOU.
What is the BEST way to answer a thank you?
As you can see from the list above, there are several alternatives to consider, each of which differs depending on the situation.
- Is it a formal or informal situation ?
- Is it a job interview ?
- Is it as a result of a compliment ?
- Is it with a colleague, your manager or a friend?
I’ve listed a few approaches to dealing with both casual and formal situations, so the hard work is done! You will now be able to handle any situation.
In Formal Situations
You can get freezed when it comes to a professional situation, especially with the big boss. You can’t answer him the same way you would a friend. We are not in the street.The key rule is to be concise, it is crucial. In addition, you can add a slight smile. It is much more effective than a long answer.
Let’s take a example:
- The Boss: Mark, congratulations for all your efforts, you did a great job !
- You: You are welcome !
See? Nothing too fancy or complex, because in formal settings, simplicity and respect are key. As mentioned above, we don’t speak the language of the street in a professional setting. So, it’s forbidden to add “bro”, “buddy” in your answer.
But most of the time, you’ll be in informal circumstances with any pressure to answer professionally. Let’s see what you could say :
1. You’re Welcome
Because studying grammar in a textbook is a different beast than chatting to someone during rush hour in a train station, this is also where you’ll receive the most of your practice in speaking and understanding the language.
Let’s take a example :
You are at the train station, you notice that the person in front of you has his bag open. You call out to him to notice him.
- You : Excuse me but your bag is open
- Man : Hey man, thank you
It isn’t in a professional context, and it has nothing to do with business or academics in this case. It’s an encounter that doesn’t require a fancy response or formal replies.
As a result, you have a wide range of options working in every circumstance, official or informal :
- “Thank you!”
- “You’re welcome”
- “No problem!”
- “Don’t Worry”
Notice that « you’re welcome » is the most typical and reliable answer to a thank you at any given moment and in any location.
2. Thank YOU
Another thank you is a perfectly appropriate option when responding to a thank you.
Let’s take a example:
- Man : Hey, guy, that’s a great sweatshirt!
- You: thank you!
- Man : No thank you, I’ll buy the same
Replying thank you is simple and effective. With the right attitude or expression, it works every time.
3. My Pleasure
Another, slightly more sophisticated alternative is « My Pleasure ».
Do you want to make people like you without doing anything?
We all do, don’t we?
It’s actually rather simple to give someone a tiny favor and get their approval.
And once you’ve completed the favor and received the desired thank you…
You take a step back…
Lean forward and whisper with a gentle grin…
It is a joy to serve you.
Saying my pleasure connotes that you are taking pleasure in the act of assisting someone else.
You not only get to thank them with a fantastic response, but you also get brownie points with them, which may or may not lead to actual brownies in the future.
Below you’ll find an even more helpful version of this. Continue reading!
A Magical Alternative to You’re Welcome
It’s usually safe to say « you’re welcome, »
Instead, here’s what he suggests you say: “I know you’d do the same for me.”
This sentence is brilliant in three ways:
1. It strengthens your bond with the other person by making you appear more like peers.
2. It demonstrates that you are a helpful individual.
3. You make it appear as if the other person owes you a favor.
The next time you want assistance, this individual is more likely to provide it!
It’s as simple as that! When responding to a thank you, understanding how and why to respond differently might be challenging.
However, that is no longer the case. As soon as you have learned how to kill it when answering, go out there and get thanked so you can put your new skills to the test!