by Roy Saunderson | May 12, 2014
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When was the last time you took time out to learn some people skills? Let’s face it: We can all stand to improve our listening, feedback giving, and recognition skills. Take these classic pointers and ponder the "Top 10 Things To Learn About Recognition Giving" in your life, and make a personal commitment to apply them in the lives of those you work with.
 
1. Set the stage. Learn to start your day with expressing gratitude for your life, family, and friends, and all that you already have so you can be grateful toward others today.
 
2. Simply give it. Learn to give recognition without keeping score or expecting someone to recognize you in return and make appreciating people a way of life.
 
3. Make it personal. Learn to personalize recognition the way people want it, like Dr. Paul White, advocates using The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace.
 
4. Validate people’s actions. Learn to identify and value the contributions that people are really making to you, others, and the company versus simply what they are “doing”.
 
5. Putting people first. Learn to make appreciating people for who they are as equally, or more important, as recognizing them for what they do or achieve.
 
6. Getting it right. Learn to make time to discover the recognition preferences and likes and dislikes of each of your employees to give more meaningful recognition.
 
7. The personal touch. Learn about your employees’ families and their personal interests so you can tailor the best tangible tokens of appreciation you might give.
 
8. Delivering the recognition. Learn to give tangible recognition and awards the way each person wants to receive it – privately or publicly, quietly or with fanfare.
 
9. Build people up. Learn that recognition is all about relationships so develop qualities of authenticity, humility and respect into how you give people recognition.
 
10. Give more feeling. Learn that, in the end, recognition is always a felt phenomenon and not something transacted, so put more feeling into what you say and do.
 
Incentive columnist Roy Saunderson is author of Giving the Real Recognition Way and Chief Learning Officer of Rideau’s Recognition Management Institute, a consulting a training company which helps leaders and managers get recognition right. He can be reached at [email protected]. Also, check out the library of Real Recognition Radio shows.