The Power of Positive Feedback

It doesn’t take much to make someone’s day.

Whether you’re a business leader, sports coach or parent, just a few genuine words of positive encouragement can make all the difference.

Recently I was reminded of this simple yet profound truth when I received some kind words from a colleague.

Karla, the real estate photographer I have been working with for the past 18 months or so, posted a message on my Facebook timeline, which read:

“Whenever I photograph a home for you, the home owners and I don’t talk about the home or the lighting as much as we talk about you. Your clients are very pleased and I’m happy to report this after a long time taking pics for you, Nina. You make your people feel peace and their homes sell quickly. It’s a pleasure working for you. I love being associated with you. There’s instant trust when they welcome me through the door. Just experienced it yesterday and today again. This note is long overdue. Nothing new here. Just thanks for being that way. It makes my job easier too.”

As you can imagine, I was blown away – and receiving this message absolutely made my day.

Karla, who’s business is Karlaphoto, has been a photographer for over twenty years. Not only is she an amazing person, she is also very talented at what she does.

We will be sad to see her depart our Nelson shores at the end of this month so I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Karla for all her brilliant work and wish her well on her journey.

Karla Ulsaker, Photographer.

Most importantly, thank you Karla for reminding me of the value of sharing positive feedback with our teams and peers.

If you notice someone throughout your day who is working really hard or deserving of a pat on the back, remember to tell them how well they are doing.

Don’t just think the thoughts, say the words. Even a simple “great job”, “awesome work” or “I value you” can be enough to inspire and motivate someone to succeed. And that has to be a good thing.

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