3 Easy Ways to Offer Encouragement

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Your employee broke a sales record, your coworker was recently promoted and your best friend bought a house. You’re thrilled for the people who are achieving great things, and they must automatically know how great you think their achievements are, right?

Not necessarily. Unless you spend a lot of time with psychics, they won’t know how you feel unless you tell them. Here are three ways to do just that.

Thank You Cards.

Greeting cards are a tried-and-true way to pass along encouragement, with a simple thank you card being at the top of list. Hand-write specifics of what the recipient did. A thank you note can let people know they are on the right track with their work or that you highly value and appreciate the things they do.

A congratulations card.

A congratulations card is like a party in an envelope. The card shows excitement about the latest, greatest thing the person has achieved. Whether it’s buying a new house, busting a sales record, or even finishing a lengthy and time-consuming task, congratulations are often in order — but often go unsaid.

The spoken word.

You don’t have to be a beat poet to speak up. A well-worded verbal compliment offers on-the-spot encouragement as validation, gratitude or celebration in the moment. Well-worded is the key, as you don’t want to blurt out a backhanded compliment. Focus instead on terrific achievements and offer encouragement to keep on doing them.

Whether you encourage others with a written or a verbal compliment, sincerity reigns. Honestly let people know how delighted you are about their accomplishments and offer well wishes for more to come. Offering encouragement is largely a lost art, but you can easily bring it back to your professional and personal relationships to give others the boost they deserve.

How do you tell people they’re appreciated and on the right track?