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The Art of Appreciation

“Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely. Give honest and sincere appreciation”

Dale Carnegie

I came across this certificate of appreciation template while organizing a project success lunch for my project team a few months ago.

This certificate was printed out on quality paper with individual project team member’s name on it. It was given to each of the project team members during the celebration lunch as a token of gratitude for their hard work.

When I walk into the offices of the project team members, the first thing catches my eyes is this certificate. I noticed the certificate is always placed at a spot that catches every visitor’s attention.

As Dale Carnegie points out in How to Win Friends & Influence People, we all want to feel important. We want to be recognized for our talent and our work. Being recognized makes us feel good. Being recognized makes us feel our contribution to a project is worth while. Being recognized makes us feel our help makes a difference.

Find an opportunity this week to e-mail a colleague a thank you e-mail on a job well done, on an informative presentation, or on completing a project task on time. Your act of appreciation will undoubtedly brighten someone’s day.

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