Encouragement: Admitting We Are Human

Mark Twain said, “I can last two months on a good compliment.” Postive feedback and encouragement have enormous impact on us; it helps us feel appreciated, connected, and inspires us toward peak performance. Sadly it is severely under-utilized, as tech workers regularly cite feeling unappreciated as the primary motivator to change jobs.

Encouragement is a “super power” we each have, yet like any skill we must develop it. Once we do, we will change the lives of the people around us.

This talk is for anyone that wants to make significant, positive impact in their organization. In it, we will discuss:

  • The key differences between acknowledgement, appreciation, praise, and encouragement (they’re not synonyms!).
  • The fears and forces that keep us from using encouragement, and the steps to overcome them.
  • A practical framework for giving sincere encouragement, regardless of your role.
  • Realistic strategies you can immediately use to unlock and unleash your power of encouragement.

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About Me

Chris Powers

Chris Powers has been leading software development teams for the last fifteen years, and he loves sharing his passion for building teams and software with audiences nationwide. As a Clean Coders author, Chris produced an educational video series entitled "Clean Code in the Browser". Chris is VP of Engineering at Thinkful and lives in the northern Chicago suburbs with his wife and two children. In his free time he enjoys drumming, woodworking, and tabletop gaming.

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