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March 2007

Motivating Others: Encourage Them

Each of the previous nine columns presented a step to motivating others: inspire confidence, demonstrate enthusiasm, ask “what’s in it for others,” delegate responsibly, help people learn from their mistakes, listen effectively, communicate openly, give helpful feedback and lead the way. The tenth and final step is to encourage them. Encouragement is a great motivator; discouragement is a de-motivator.

An author admiring photographs taken by a professional photographer commented, You must have a great camera,” to which the photographer replied, “You must have a great typewriter.” The author was no doubt trying to encourage the photographer, but his choice of words was not encouraging. The prefix “en” means “in.” We literally put courage in others when we encourage them. We take courage away when we discourage them.

Someone said for every discouraging word we hear we need ten encouraging ones to offset it. But if someone says one discouraging word and ten encouraging ones, which one are we most likely to remember. I dare say, most of us remember the discouraging one.

My August 2004 column asked the question: “Are you an Encourager—or Criticizer?” It’s worth re-reading. Since encouragement is one of the greatest tools for motivation, each of us needs to be an encourager.
John Kline
Montgomery, Alabama
jkline@klinespeak.com

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