The Power of Recognition, Appreciation and Validation!

Sheree Spoltore
Dear Industry Friends,

As industry professionals, we are often multi- tasking at the speed of light! Any time for our own personal or career growth and development is often at a premium, if it exists at all.  That is why I love simple lessons that I can immediately apply for instant results.  The only thing I love more is sharing them with my friends!

A few years ago, I heard a speaker teach on these 3 words: Recognition, Appreciation and Validation. The teacher shared how these three words described our basic human emotional needs.  I quickly wrote them down as the simplicity of them made them easy for me to remember.

The teacher went on to describe how recognition and appreciation are usually verbal, and how validation is usually something physical and tangible.  He gave this example: when someone tells you that you are doing a great job and they really appreciate that you’re meeting your quarterly budget goals, that is recognition, and an increase in your paycheck would be appreciation.

I began to ask myself, “How am I recognizing, appreciating and validating my husband, my children, my friends, my co-workers, my business relationships?” I then began to apply this principal to my events where I had guests attending.  How was I recognizing, appreciating and validating my guests? I then begin to encourage artists to ask themselves how are they recognizing, appreciating and validating their audiences and so forth.  I am still applying these words to as many areas of my life as I can, and it is certainly a work in progress! However, the results of better relationships are worth the effort.

You may already be using this principal.  But if not, I encourage you to try these three words yourself! See if they support your goals for excellence at your next event, your next staff meeting, or your next showcase.

Thank you for being a valued part of Global Songwriters Connection as we work together to improve our service to our industry, our employers,  our staff, and to one another.

Together…We Can!

Leadership is action, not position.” Donald H. McCannon


Sheree’ Spoltore’