Speaking the Language

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Have you ever been assigned a task only to find the results were not what you expected? Over the course of two weeks, I had an assignment to contact peers for their input. The prompt responses were overwhelming and deeply humbling. The gifts of their words and the time they willingly sacrificed are precious, and I am deeply grateful.

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As I thought about the responses and results, I connected them to the languages we speak. Not our native spoken languages but our love languages and the languages of appreciation. Though the month of February is mostly associated with speaking the languages of love with our sweetheart, we can extend the concepts to languages of appreciation in the marketplace.

As we build relationships, we learn how people relate and give and receive love or appreciation. Below are the languages and examples of each.

  • Acts of Service – Providing help with a project, running an errand, or preparing a meal
  • Physical Touch – Recognizing limitations in the workplace, a pat on the shoulder or handshake
  • Quality Time – Meeting with each team member individually as an acknowledgement of acceptance and value
  • Receiving Gifts – Giving tangible items of appreciation or rewards
  • Words of Affirmation – Expressing words of encouragement or appreciation or giving recognition

Our Connections Challenge: Visit the website below to find more information and discover your love languages or languages of appreciation. Watch others and try to determine their languages. Select and practice ways to express your languages.

For more information about The Five Love Languages How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate and The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People, visit www.5lovelanguages.com.

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