Easily Encourage Others
There is no greater feeling than having someone pick you up when you are down. To give you a spark. To offer a little glimmer of hope.
If you want to make a big impact on another person, consider using one (or all!) of the following tips:
1) Send a handwritten note. Penmanship at one time was a required course. Clearly that’s not the case anymore. This doesn’t need to be fancy, can be a postcard, or even a sticky-note. People appreciate the effort and thought of this act.
2) Pick up the phone, call, and let them know you were thinking about them. We all text. We all connect somewhere online. We don’t always visit voice to voice. This doesn’t need to be long, especially if leaving a voicemail. A quick phone call (or even a not so quick one) has the potential to further any relationship. Be genuine.
3) Find one helpful resource they could use and send it to them. This is something I’ve heard from tons of people, yet I don’t think it happens as often as it could. When you are aware of what people are experiencing, or you come across something interesting, does anyone else come to mind? If so, send it to them! People love being thought of, and will appreciate something that offers value to them. Again, keep it simple, and remember it does NOT need to be extravagant.
4) Share a post or update of their’s on social media. Who doesn’t enjoy being liked, shared, or commented on? We have tremendous power behind a single click to let others know we derived some value from what was shared with us. Remember your last post, tweet, or update that received ZERO feedback? Not a great feeling.
5) Link to their blog, profile, or other online presence and praise them. This is one I have been a recipient of. People choose to recognize or mention me, and it was encouraging to hear that others felt I had some how added value to them. We all want to make a difference, so if you have been positively impacted by another person – share the love! Tell others why you value them, and help others connect with them.
What is your favorite way others encourage you? If you had only one chance to try and encourage someone what would you do? Leave a comment below.