Virtual Connection and Recognition (Because we NEED It!)

So you’re sick of virtual right?

Does virtual have you feeling more disconnected than ever? Craving hugs, visits, conferences, in-person meetings (did you EVER think you’d crave a stuffy conference room again?) Are you even starting to dream of that old smelly family cottage, that funny “gym smell”, or even the family reunion where everyone always gets food a little sick from potatoes salad being left in the sun?

I get it. Me too.

Yet, we have to keep making good choices as goodness knows, our healthcare folks can’t take much more strain on the system. (And this isn’t just an opinion…this is from the mouths of the thousands of nurses, respiratory therapists, and other frontline healthcare providers I’ve had the honour of speaking for and with over the last month.)

So if we’re staying distanced and connecting mostly virtually, I thought I’d do a recap of a bunch of tips, tools and strategies we’ve shared over the last year that might be worth another look at. Hopefully, there is something here that will help to sustain you through this protracted period of digital isolation, disconnection, and rituals hiatus. We have provided the LinkedIn post so it’s easy to share for others that you think would benefit from these insights.

Self Recognition

3 Ways to Recognize and Motivate in Uncertain Times – Learn how to leverage the exponential power of recognition, especially during prolonged times of stress and strain.

thank you card that reads "thank you very much"

Finding Meaning and Contribution During COVID Find your meaning and what you can do to help others get through COVID.

3 Hacks to Get Motivated in Uncertain Times – Look at this as an opportunity to revisit what’s working, what’s worked in the past, and make shifts to fix a few things.

Can the Glass be Both…Half Full and Half Empty? – Is it that the glass half full or glass half empty? Could it be that the glass half full and half-empty?

3 Ways to Start and Sustain a Thank You Card Habit Make recognition obvious by pairing it with something you already do.

Video thumbnail for a video from Sarah McVanel titled "Shifting to create recognition through COVID and beyond"Shifting to Create Recognition Through COVID and BeyondLearn to keep your best relationships intact, starting today, it’s time to rebuild the relationship. How?

How to Teach Kids the Thank You Habit – How many of you have wondered “how can we encourage more appreciation and less disruptive behaviours in our schools and colleges?” Well, encouraging appreciation practices with our kids is one of those ways.

Post-COVID thoughts…

Let’s also look into the future and bring some of this intention forward. Here are a few more ideas.

Thank Our Healthcare Providers During COVID-19 & Long After It’s Over – Want to know who you should thank throughout COVID?  Here’s a “starter” list of whom to appreciate. Will you keep adding to the list?

Hands held together in black and white with orange text over it that reads "Healthcare providers, You still matter. Thanks for getting us through covid-19"The Essential Services Post-COVID Recognition Challenge – When we are on the other side of this, how can you express your gratitude?

I hope that you find these articles and tips helpful.  Please pass this on to anyone you feel could use a little help creating more connection during this virtual time.

Nurses Week Resiliency Reboot logoPS. If your organization missed the Nurses Week Resiliency ReBoot but you don’t want to miss out on the recordings of our 4 keynotes, celebration, and all of the ebooks, apps and courses we have for you and your WHOLE organization, contact us today. It’s NEVER to celebrate our healthcare professionals.

“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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