Answers for Setting Your Virtual Recognition Intention

I had the honour of speaking for an amazing group of leaders about how to effectively recognize in a virtual world. They had so many fabulous questions. It occurred to me that you may have some of the same questions.

Here are the Answers for Setting Your Virtual Recognition Intention:

  1. How do we build some cultural competence around our recognition acts?
  2. With retention being low – does recognition assist with retention?
  3. Is there such a thing as too much recognition?
  4. How do you motivate a team member who just wants to do ‘working hours and go home without being intrusive? How do we entice their interest?
  5. How do we make it personal to who we are recognizing and making it real?
  6. How do you address the negative Nellys who say “what about us” we are working too?

If you would like to catch the live answers, you can watch the video and even scroll to the questions that are top of mind for you.

Do you have more questions? Email me at and we’ll create a juicy list for a follow-up video soon.

Here are a few more “Your Leadership Questions Answered” videos to view…you never know, you just may be wondering the same things. These videos are full of juicy questions and answers that so many of you great leaders are needing at this time!  I know that you will find some great tips to help you create your Virtual Recognition Program and learn more about finding Greatness in the Flip Side of Failing.

Nurses Week Resiliency RebootPS. Virtual has opened up the opportunity to celebrate rockstars across North America. That’s why we are hosting the Nurses Week Resiliency Reboot and so far, has small to large healthcare organizations across North America joining together to recognize their clinical folks. Want to join us? And please, spread the message. We can have a HUGE impact through virtual connection and support.

Nurses Week with Sarah McVanel

“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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