• Penn Vieau

Tell others you appreciate them

Think about it, how do you feel when someone sincerely takes the time to appreciate you?

If you’re anything like me, you feel energized, you feel like your efforts matter and most importantly, you feel valued.

On the flip side, how do you feel when you are under-appreciated or unappreciated?

Yeah, exactly.

Not enough people make use of a powerful and inexpensive two-word phrase- “thank you.”

It’s true for every one of us. Whether you are a volunteer, teacher, doctor, politician, sales professional , customer service representative or an executive, we all want to feel valued and appreciated. The power of a sincere “thank you” cannot be understated. When it comes to gratitude, the positive power of those two words is difficult to match.

The next step is to be specific about what it is that you are thanking the person for and why it is worthy of recognition. Let them know exactly what they did that made you want

genuinely thank them. This does a couple of things. First, it makes the person who is receiving the feedback understand precisely what they did to receive this awesome feedback from you. Secondly, they will likely repeat the behavior because they know exactly what they did, and the impact it had.

Important elements of giving personalized recognition comes down to being genuine, timely and specific. One action you can take immediately to see how often you are giving recognition is to keep a praise journal. That’s right, a praise journal. Keep track of who you praise, when you praise them and why you praise them. I started doing this with the very first team I managed at Daytons in Onalaska, WI at the age of 23. It really works. Give it a try and let me know how it is impacting you and those around you. Seriously, who would not benefit from some heart-felt recognition. I want to hear from you -

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Penn Vieau  |  Leadership Expert - Speaker - Life Changing Coach  |  Madison, WI  |  |