Thought Leadership: A Series of VIMEO Clips to Snack On

Car at a drive in movie theatreDo you like to go to the drive-in?

Perhaps the drive-in is on my mind since my kids have recently discovered it. My daughter, the night owl she is, particularly loves it, riding shotgun with her bro, wind whipping through their hair as the sun goes down and joy of summer dancing in the air.

I personally can’t see the draw. (Not that I was invited, truth be told.) I was never be made for drive-ins. I don’t have the stay up, just yawn through it, next day grin and bear it sleepness tolerance. I’d rather lay on the couch watching Netflix with my hubby Mark (I know so cliche) and in bed by 10. #thisis40

Sometimes we don’t even have the attention span, after a zany day, for an hour-long episode. We catch a few clips of Between Two Ferns or “Best Of” SNL skits before heading to the land of nod.

Confession time: it’s not just at home that I enjoy bite-sized content.

Young girl looking up at the camera wearing big glassesSure, I can totally nerd it out on a long Harvard Biz Review article or case study of a recognition-rich organization. And, I also really appreciate the shorter form TED Talks, snippets of videos, blog posts, and executive summaries. I will gobble up quality thought leadership of any length.

I’m probably not the only one where sometimes, less is more. That’s why I’ve started sharing clips of my talks in bite-size pieces. It’s a luxury I have now that talks are all virtual keynotes; my videographer Stacey Koudys can catch some juicy nuggets on video while she’s running tech backup for me.

We’ve been putting them on my VIMEO channel, and since we know you’re busy, we’ve shared a few here:

Start the Recognition Show!

leadership snippet from Sarah McVanel of a video titled "save your thank you notes"Save Your Thank You Notes: Check out this little snippet from “The FROG Effect” recognition keynote at the Nurses Week Resiliency ReBoot 2021, where I encouraged all healthcare professionals to keep their thank you notes, texts, and emails! You never know when you’ll need it to refill your resiliency cup!


leadership snippet from Sarah McVanel of a video titled people never forget how you make them feelPeople Never Forget How You Make Them Feel: We’ve all heard this expression – people may forget what you said or did, but they never forget how you make them feel (Maya Angelou). When was the last time you truly practiced this with such unwavering conviction and intention that the person felt at least 10x better, more confident, and happier due to how YOU showed up for them? If your answer isn’t “within the last 5 minutes,” you know what to do.

leadership snippet from Sarah McVanel of a video titled practice self-compassionPractice Self-Compassion: You know when we can FLIP failure and unconditionally recognize ourselves and others? When we lean into compassion. I dive into a quick tip on how to gauge if you are able to be compassionate to others, or if you first have to start with being compassionate toward yourself.


Leadership Intermission is over…now back to the show!


leadership snippet from Sarah McVanel of a video titled who in your life could use some praise?Who in Your Life Could Use Some Praise?: I’m so thrilled to share this snippet of a leadership talk I delivered a few days ago for a rockstar client. It’s a call to action: recognize someone who REALLY needs appreciation right now.


leadership snippet from Sarah McVanel of a video titled failure makes us humanFailure Makes Us Human: We benefit from unconditionally recognizing ourselves and others rather than judging, criticizing and measuring how much “not good enough” exists. There is always room for improvement. Despite how smart, hard-working and organized we are, we can still bump up against the other “f” word – failure. Experiencing a failure isn’t the same as “You Are A Failure,” and yet we often interpret it this way.

leadership snippet from Sarah McVanel of a video titled 3 ideas for recognizing others in a digital world3 Ideas for Recognizing Others in a Virtual World: Are you wanting to find ways to connect and appreciate in a remote context? The problem is not slow wifi, or videos turned off, or people in sweatpants. The problem is that before the rise of remote workplaces, we did not have authentic recognition practices hardwired into the cultural fabric. What we know today is the need for clarity and conviction in leadership to make recognition practices strong, authentic, sustainable, and owned by all.

Grab the popcorn, put on the readers, and enjoy.

PS. Hey, would you like to catch more juicy nuggets from my virtual talks this past Spring? CLICK HERE to join VIMEO to view more and to ensure you don’t miss out on any future videos.

“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”

– Mother Teresa

Deb Rakonjac

Organizational Development, Purolator Inc.

"Sarah nailed it!  She worked with the planning group to learn about the organization, the audience, the desired key messages and integrated it seamlessly into her keynote. Her energy was contagious! We received rave reviews of this portion of our event and Sarah was able to speak to all members of our organization in a way that motivated them to recognize others everyday. Our executives were extraordinarily pleased and integrated FROGging into their recent board meeting. Purolator is grateful to Sarah for dropping the pebble and we continue to see the ripples from this session across the organization. Working with Tami was phenomenal and the supports were easy to integrate to ensure the session went well. Thanks to you both!!"
Douglas D Swift

President & CEO, Swiftco Inc.

"I have had the Sarah experience in numerous settings: As a keynote, around a table with several other business owners, one on one over coffee, chatting with others at a conference reception, dining with a small group of colleagues. No matter the setting you always get the same Sarah: engaging, attentive, interested, inspiring, motivational, genuine. And always with an infectious smile. Do yourself, your company, your association a favour. Get the Greatness Magnified (Sarah) experience. The payback is priceless."
Judy Kucharuk

Director, Marketing and Special Events, Encana Events Centre

"Funny, full of energy and incredibly motivating – all words to use when describing Sarah and her passionate stage presence. We were fortunate to have Sarah join us as a speaker for Spark Women’s Leadership Conferences and her presentations about leveraging greatness hit the core of our objective at SPARK: “A rising tide lifts all boats”. I would not hesitate to recommend Sarah to other organizations that are searching for a well-prepared, well-organized, thoughtful and passionate storyteller."
Shelley VanVeen

Learning & Development Manager, Libro Credit Union

"Sarah brought so much energy and enthusiasm to our International Women’s Day event at Libro! Her message was uplifting, thought-provoking and truly appreciated by our team. Dealing with Sarah was wonderful – she was open, professional and willing to work with us to customize her message to incorporate our culture and connect to our topic and participants. During the session, she was a pro with a powerful message and a fantastic delivery. We had wonderful feedback from all that attended and can’t wait to have Sarah back for another session in the future!"
Sylvia D’Intino

Executive Director, Community Living Hamilton

"THANK YOU so very much for leading the engagement activities today! You’re a constant professional, with an amazing attitude and always seeing the great in everyone. I am grateful for how you have helped us this year to transform our in-person staff recognition events into virtual and on-location events. Our staff feel more inspired, appreciated and motivated after they hear you speak, and I know our amazing in-house team here looks forward to designing engaging appreciation events with your support."
Melissa Chaulk

Manager of Professional Development

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

"We work hard at CDHA to give our members a wonderful conference experience, so we were thrilled to have received resoundingly positive feedback on Sarah's opening plenary keynote. It was the highest attended of the entire conference for both dates!"
Jamie Campbell

Director, The Center for People in Organizational Development, Sheridan College

"Smart, challenging, innovative, committed, dependable, and reliable, I highly recommend her for all your recognition needs. I have brought Sarah into my last two organizations to help build a culture of recognition and celebration. The focus on appreciation is more important now than ever."

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