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 developing Web applications for the last ten years. He strongly believes in the power technology has to bring people together and enjoys developing platforms that empower the user. Currenty Chris is a senior engineering manager at Groupon and lives in the northern Chicago suburbs with his wife and two children. In his free time he enjoys drumming, tabletop gaming and homebrewing.

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Email: chrisjpowers@gmail.com

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