Friday, February 20, 2015

Facilitating Transformation through Appreciation Conversations

by Janet M. Shlaes, Ph.D.


Consider the possibility of powerfully shifting your experience in the world through framing each conversation you engage in from a place of appreciation. Imagine how you would feel moving through your day noticing and acting on opportunities to express your appreciation to others. Consider the potential for large scale transformation through consistently generating and modeling Appreciation Conversations.


Appreciation Conversations can occur in any area of your life: at work, at home, social gatherings, at the grocery store, in your neighborhood or any place where you have the opportunity to interact informally or formally with others.  An Appreciation Conversation is an authentic expression of gratitude, for something that someone has done for you or for how they are being in the world. It can be a brief exchange with a stranger, friend, family member or co-worker, or a longer conversation – ten seconds or ten minutes or more. Any verbal or written exchange where you actively express your appreciation is an Appreciation Conversation. These types of conversations can range from “thank you for being so helpful today” to “your smile made my day” to “I am so grateful that you are in my life” to “I really appreciate your thoughtfulness.”
Your commitment to being a transformational force in your own life and the lives of others can start right now through your participation in an Appreciation Conversation. You already possess all the skills you need to initiate Appreciation Conversations. As Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert so eloquently stated: "You don’t have to be a person of influence to be influential."
As you intentionally initiate Appreciation Conversations throughout the various domains of your world, enjoy the magic that will unfold in your life and the lives of others!
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