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Have You Appreciated Someone Today?  Subtle Motivation that Gets High Impact Results

by Ed Sykes

I invested some time with Mother recently and drove her to the hospital to visit with her sick sister-in-law, my aunt.  While I was standing in the doorway, a nurse came by and introduced herself as Ruth and said “hello” to us and said “hello” to my aunt.  This put a smile on my aunt’s face.  The nurse then introduced me to the other nurses working at the nurses’ station.  She let me know that these nurses are hard working and good at their jobs.

I couldn’t agree with her more.  Theirs is a very difficult job with no margin for error.  In many situations they know and understand the patients better than the doctors.

Realizing this, and noticing that some of the nurses looked a little tired, I asked Ruth to bring out all the nurses she had introduced me to at the nurses’ station.  I reintroduced myself and explained that my aunt was the patient in room 518.  Then I said the following:

“I would like to thank you for taking care of my aunt.  I personally appreciate the way you make her comfortable during this difficult time, and I know that my aunt is in good hands.  My family, and especially my uncle, appreciates the hard work and care you put into making her better.  Thank you again and keep doing what you are doing to make a difference with not only my family, but other families.”

Well, you should have seen the looks on the nurses’ faces.  First, they had a look of surprise.  Then they were all smiling from ear to ear.  Several faces turned red.  But all of them had a look of appreciation as they said, “Thank you.”

Why did they have a surprised look on their faces?  Was this the first time someone other than another nurse had acknowledged them?  When was the last time someone showed appreciation to them?

It only took fifteen seconds to put a smile on their faces and have them feel good about themselves.  Take the time every day to appreciate your employees, your family, and other people that are doing a good job.  It might be the only appreciation they receive and will make a difference in their day.

Read my article, Appreciate to Motivate, to find out how to make your appreciation count every time.  You will also feel good doing it.

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Suggested motivation, team building, and leadership reading:

Adversity: Your Seed of Greatness (Three Secrets to Using Adversity to Become Great)

Connect the Dots! Your Roadmap for Success

Seven Secrets to Being the Leader Everyone Wants to Work For

Five Secrets to Becoming the Perfect Employee That Everyone Wants – Part One

Nine Ways Johnny Carson Can Help You Run Outstanding Meetings

You Mean I Need to Promote Myself to Get a Promotion? 5 Promotion Secrets to Get the Job You Want!

Five Secrets to Gaining Credibility with Your Team for Outstanding Results

Five Secrets to Creating a "Goal" Medal Life - Part 2

How Appetizing Is Your Feedback? (5 Steps to Giving Effective Feedback)

Five Secrets to Creating a "Goal" Medal Life 

Ten Techniques for Motivating Others Through Chaos

10 Action Steps to Motivate Yourself to Great Accomplishments

Eight Ways to Motivate Part-Time Employees

Delegate to Accelerate Success (How to Prepare Yourself and Others for Success)

Appreciate to Motivate (The Key to Successful Team Building)

The Greatest Gift of All - The Gift of Empowerment

Leadership Secrets for Challenging Times

Goal Setting Secrets to Jumpstart Your Life

Want to learn how to master the art of motivation? The following motivation, team building, and leadership programs can help you create motivated, high performing teams and achieve your goals:

Teambuilding and Coaching Skills for Outstanding Results

Secrets of High Impact Leadership

Life After Downsizing


Motivation Keynotes

Jumpstart Your Greatness: Five Secrets to Bringing Passion, Excitement, and Greatness to Your Life Everyday!

This exciting, innovative, and powerful keynote is based on the best seller, "Jumpstart Your Greatness," by Ed Sykes and Joy Fisher-Sykes will give you the tools to create passion in your life and accomplish everything you want in life.  You will realize the difference you make each and everyday.  The five secrets will open new opportunities that you never realized were available and how to embrace them to achieve a new level of success.



Communicate to Motivate: The Seven Secrets to Achieving Your Goals

Communication is the key to motivating others to achieve our goals.  Our communication can inspire or de-motivate.   This informative presentation will give you the tools to individually motivate others within your organization to accomplish your mission...and enjoy doing it.  Ed will share his seven proven steps to creating a high-energy, innovative, and enjoyable workplace starting today.


Moments, Masterpieces, and Miracles: Five Secrets of Creating Passion in Everything You Do

This entertaining, innovative, and powerful keynote will give you the tools to recognized the "signposts" in your life and bring a new level of passion and excitement in your life.  You will accomplish more in life and enjoy doing it.  The five secrets will enable you to seize new opportunities, appreciate yourself and others while doing it, and achieve a new level of success.


Embracing Change: The Power of Growth

Change is not the question in which to pursue to arrive at a solution to the mysteries of life. Our reaction to change is the question! Sometimes the only thing we have the power to change is ourselves, but sometimes changing ourselves changes everything. This presentation explores the benefits of becoming a "champion of change" versus a change resister while recognizing change as an opportunity for growth.

Delivering Exceptional Customer Service When it Matters the Most
Successful organizations need a comprehensive service strategy and techniques people can use to achieve service excellence. Meeting the expectations of customers doesn't cut it anymore.  This presentation shows how to deliver the kind of superior service that most organizations only talk about.

Straight Talk: How to Use Assertive Communication During Aggressive Times
This straight-forward presentation explains how you can communicate to motivate.  You will learn the secrets to assertive communication that will have others follow up in a win-win situation.

Other subjects are available and customized to fit your goals.  Call us at 757-427-7032 or complete the request form to find out how our motivational speakers will inspire your audience.

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Ed Sykes is a professional speaker published in the areas of leadership, motivation, presentation skills, change management, customer service and teamwork. He works with business and government organizations who want to reach the next level of success and individuals who want to perform at their best. You can email him at, call him at (757) 427-7032 or visit his Web site at

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