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The simple act of saying “thank you” does wonders.
Yet sometimes, those two words alone don’t seem to suffice. Sometimes your team made such a difference, and your gratitude is so profound, a pat on the back just isn’t enough.
Because appreciation is more than saying thank you. It’s about demonstrating that your team is truly seen and heard by thanking them for specific actions. It’s about showing that you understand and empathize with the struggles your team faces every day. And it’s about purpose too. True appreciation connects your team’s efforts back to a grand vision and mission.
So it’s time to diversify your portfolio of reliable tips and go-to words of wisdom for expressing your undying appreciation. After all, you diversify your portfolio of investments, and really, workplace appreciation is an investment.
Let’s set aside the standard definition of appreciation for a second and take a look at the financial definition.
According to Investopedia,
“Appreciation is an increase in the value of an asset over time.”
In the workplace, appreciation increases the value of your most important assets—your employees—over time. Here are some ways appreciation enhances employee relations:
Some of the most successful entrepreneurs in American business built companies, and lasting legacies, by developing employees through the simple act of appreciation.
Charles Schwab, founder of the Charles Schwab Corporation, once said:
“I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among my people the greatest asset I possess, and the way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement. There is nothing else that so kills the ambitions of a person as criticism from superiors. I never criticize anyone. I believe in giving a person incentive to work. So I am anxious to praise but loath to find fault. If I like anything, I am hearty in my appreciation and lavish in my praise.”
Boost your ability to arouse enthusiasm by learning how to deliver employee appreciation speeches that make an impact. Once you master the habits and rules below, sincere appreciation will flow from you like sweet poetry. Your employees are going to love it!
Planning employee appreciation speeches can be fast and easy when you follow a go-to “recipe” that works every time. From a simple thank you to a heart felt work anniversary speech, it all has a template.
Maritz®studies human behavior and highlights relevant findings that could impact the workplace. They developed the Maritz Recognition Model to help everyone deliver the best appreciation possible. The model asserts that effective reward and recognition speech examples touch on three critical elements: the behavior, the effect, and the thank you.
Here’s a summary of the model, distilled into a checklist for your employee appreciation speeches:
Build on these customizable scripts to deliver employee appreciation speeches and casual meeting shout-outs every chance you get. Each script follows the 3-step approach we discussed above. Once you get the hang of appreciation speech basics, you’ll be able to pull inspirational monologues from your hat at a moment’s notice.
Swipe the examples below, but remember to infuse each speech with your own unique perspectives, personality, and heartfelt emotions.
I feel so lucky to work with you all. In fact, [insert playful aside: e.g. My wife doesn’t understand how I don’t hate Mondays. It drives her nuts!]
Thanks to you, I feel lucky to come to work every day.
Everyone here is [insert applicable team soft skills: e.g. positive, inspiring, creative, and intelligent]. I’m constantly amazed by the incredible work you do.
Let’s just look at the past few months, for example. [Insert bullet points of specific accomplishments from every department].
These accomplishment aren’t just nice bullet points for my next presentation. Each department’s efforts has deep and lasting impacts on our business. [Explain the effects of each highlighted accomplishment].
I can’t thank you enough for everything you do for this company and for me. Knowing I have your support and dedication makes me a better, happier person both at work and at home.
I was not thrilled when my alarm went off this morning, but I must admit, I’m luckier than most people. As I got out of bed and thought about doing [insert daily workplace activities that inspire you], I felt excitement instead of dread. It’s an incredible feeling, looking forward to work every day, and for that, I have each and every one of you to thank.
Just last week, [insert specific anecdote: e.g. I remembered, ironically, that I forgot to create a real-time engagement plan for TECHLO’s giant conference next month. As you all know, they’re one of our biggest clients, so needless to say, I was panicking. Then I sit down for my one-on-one with MEGAN, worried that I didn’t even have time for our meeting, and what does she say? She wants to remind me that we committed to submit a promotional plan by the end of the week. She had some ideas for the TECHLO conference, so she went ahead and created a draft.]
[Insert the outcome of the anecdote: e.g. Her initiative dazzled me, and it saved my life! We met our deadline and also blew TECHLO away. In fact, they asked us to plan a similar initiative for their upcoming mid-year conference.]
[Insert a short thank-you paragraph tying everything together: e.g. And you know what, it was hard for me to pick just one example to discuss tonight. You all do so many things that blow me away every day. Thank you for everything. Thank you for making each day of work something we can all be proud of.]
Here at [company name] we [insert core competency: e.g. build nonprofit websites], but we really [insert the big-picture outcome of your work: e.g. change the world by helping amazing nonprofits live up to their inspiring visions.]
I want to emphasize the “we” here. This company would be nothing without your work.
Have you guys ever thought about that? How what you do[recap the big-picture outcome at your work: e.g. changes the world by helping amazing nonprofits live up to their inspiring visions]?
[Insert specific examples of recent work and highlight the associated outcomes: e.g. Let’s explore in terms of the websites we launched recently. I know every single person here played a role in developing each of these websites, and you should all be proud.]
Now if that’s not [recap the big-picture outcome], then I don’t know what is.
Thank you for joining me on the mission to [big-picture outcome]. With any other team, all we’re trying to do might just not be possible, but you all make me realize we can do anything together.
I’ve been thinking nonstop about [insert upcoming initiative: e.g. our upcoming gallery opening]. This [initiative] is the direct result of your amazing work. To me, this [initiative] represents [insert what the initiative means to you: e.g. our true debut into the budding arts culture of our city.]
You’ve all been pulling out all the stops, [insert specific example: e.g. staying late, making 1,000 phone calls a day, and ironing out all the details.]
Because of your hard work, I’m absolutely confident the [initiative] will [insert key performance indicator: e.g. sell out on opening night.]
Thank you, not just for making this [initiative] happen, but also for making the journey such a positive and rewarding experience.
I want to thank you all for the good times, especially [insert inside joke: e.g. that time we put a glitter bomb in Jeff’s office.]
But seriously, you guys keep me sane. For example [insert comical examples: e.g.]:
But for real for real, all your work this year has put us on a new level. [Insert outcomes: e.g. We have an amazing roster of clients, a growing staff, and an incredible strategic plan that makes me feel unqualified to work here.] You guys made all this happen.
So thank you. This is when I would usually tell a joke to deflect my emotions, but for once in my life, I actually don’t want to hide. I want you all to know how much I appreciate all you do.
That was hard; I’m going to sit down now.
We hope adapting these tips and scripts will help you articulate the appreciation we know you already feel!
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Mr. Piare Lal
In behalf of my colleagues, we would like to complement the host organizations. The DENR for the wonderful arrangements for this conference and also for the freedom of suggestions wherein everyone had been given the opportunity to participate and to convey his viewpoints. Indeed, this has been a great learning and knowledge sharing experience that has enhanced everyone's knowledge.
I would also like to take this opportunity to say thanks to the session chairs, Mr. Ramon Paje, Mr. Al Rashid Ishmael, Dr. Efransjah, Mr. Tolentino and Mr. Jim Carle. Although, we had been here just for three days, I'm sure all of us will be carrying very happy memories of this visit to the Philippines. Many of us might not have the opportunity to really see the country but this workshop by itself will make this visit always memorable. I'm sure the recommendations which had been drafted by the delegates and coordinators are worthy subjects of follow up actions by governments and policy makers.
Finally, I must thank all of you once again. To those ladies and gentlemen who had work behind the scene especially Mayumi, our friend here who has been helping in the presentations, and all of the colleagues who supported her as well as the other organizations, our heartfelt gratitude and sincere thanks. Thank you very much.
Mr. Patrick Durst
It would be quite tempting for me just to say "ditto" to the previous comments of Mr. Piare Lal but I would want to extend my personal touch, thanks and comments about the conference. Certainly, it had been very successful in bringing out issues and in highlighting some of the pertinent aspects of plantation development.
I would like to especially express my appreciation to the presenters. I think the quality of the presentations and the papers for this meeting are quite high relative to most meetings that I have had participated in the last several years. We usually expected that there will be few good papers or few poor papers and a lot in the middle. I think in this particular meeting, we were fortunate to have a lot on the upper side. I think it's a tribute to the high quality recruitment process done by DENR folks for this occasion, the efforts in putting together a good program and the attention individuals have given to the papers.
I also want to comment on the active participation. I think we had some very good discussions but unfortunately, we have to frequently shut down discussions due to time constraint. But that's the price you pay for stimulating a lot of thought process. That was great and rewarding to see. I would again appreciate the hard work of the session chairmen. Thank you, you did an excellent job even if everybody had not had the opportunity to speak.
With regard to our collaboration with other partners in organizing this, I appreciate very much the efforts of my colleague at ITTO Dr. Efransjah. We have a lot of exchanges back and forth, by e-mail and phone calls, second and tertiary messages passed through other people and it seems that I meet Dr. Efransjah everywhere except in his office and he says the same thing about me. We met twice in Japan in the last month so I think we managed to bump to each other quite frequently. It's a pleasure to work with him and as well as all of the crew at ITTO. As he mentioned in his comments opening the conference two days ago, we will be collaborating again in the near future to hold a conference on Reduced Impact Logging in February. It should be quite interesting.
Of course, I would like to express my appreciation to DENR for the fabulous job in organizing and supporting this conference. It's not often when you go to a country that you get a kind of support that we have here starting with the Secretary and the Undersecretaries and Directors of organizations and agencies. These folks have a lot of things to do given the political environment here. I think that it's quite a tribute that they have given attention to this conference -- to have that kind of participation and representation.
And of course, my comments about Mayumi, the "Queen of Conference Organizers". I think the first meeting that she was involved in organizing was quite more than ten years ago when Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission had their 14th or 15th session here in the Philippines. And you think that the situation is difficult here. At that time, I think the day before the APFC was to open, there was a coup attempt. The airport was closed down and all the participants from all over the world had to be informed not to come. I had to call or somehow get in touch with my Boss who's going ahead from Washington as he is already on his way to the airport and tell him not to get on the airplane going to Manila. So you can imagine the logistics challenge that Mayumi and the team at that time had to face. We rescheduled the conference four or five months later. Henceforth, she has become such an organizational expert that she can do this in her sleep. Its nothing to organize a conference for two hundred, three hundred people or fifteen people or whatever. No problems at all.
But of course as Professor Lal mentioned, there's a nice team behind that makes up the whole organizing support staff. These folks worked tirelessly and many still have smiles on their face. They deserved another round of applause and appreciation. I'm always looking for other opportunities to organize meetings here in the Philippines because I know there is such a good support here.
Thank you very much.
For the first time, this will already be an easy job. I would just have to agree what has FAO stated in the closing statement. I would like to share all expression made by colleague Patrick Durst. I entirely agree with what you just mentioned and we are going to enhance the cooperation in the near future and we are going to sustain that.
In light of the specific objectives of this three-day Conference, I should confess that this is a successful one as far as the lessons learned and sharing of information is concerned. This is perhaps due to the fact that Yumi has made a very good design and outline of the topic presentation in cooperation with our colleague in FAO which covered a wide range of relevant issues in plantation forestry. I should also confess that we have a competent line up of speakers and excellent logistical support from Forest Management Bureau. These three combined factors guaranteed that there would be no failure in holding this Conference.
I understand that we shall have a conference proceeding but the question is what's next? This matter was raised during the chairman's session prior to the opening of this conference. I think it should be our reflection now -- what's next? We talked a lot, we discussed a lot and we also recommended a lot of things numbering at least fourteen concrete suggestions. To answer this, a few things can be immediately followed up when we go back to our respective countries to disseminate the updates that we shared here with our policymakers and relevant local or national bodies. We also committed that we will intensify networking activities using whatever networking system available.
May I underline this one in particular for our Filipino friends. Please initiate a concrete demonstration project here in this country as well I would like to welcome all other ITTO member countries. We would welcome any immediate proposals taking benefit of lessons learned from the expertise that we gained during this three-day conference. Again, I would like to encourage our Filipino colleagues and other ITTO member countries to submit proposals about plantations covering any aspect that you just recommended here. I welcome them from tomorrow and in the near future. We have two cycles in ITTO to receive proposals for support and assistance grants.
In behalf of ITTO, I would once again express my sincere thanks to DENR through Undersecretary Paje for their cooperation in addressing this issue and attempting to enhance a concrete implementation in the near future. I should not fail to mention my brother Director Ishmael of FMB for all the challenges given to me and his able assistant Mayumi Ma. Quintos. Four years ago, Mayumi was admitted to the hospital immediately after the ITTO sponsored conference on Community Forestry and she promised not to do so this time. To FAO, thank you. I should confess that my friendship with Patrick Durst has facilitated a lot of harmonization of ITTO's program and FAO's program particularly in the Asia and Pacific region where I am assigned to. I'm very proud that this harmonized work in the region can be an example for other regions.
This conference is a success because of your efforts and participation. Thank you very much and till we meet again!
Undersecretary Ramon J. Paje
In behalf of Secretary Cerilles, I would like to congratulate all the participants for your successful contribution to this historic conference. We believe to our minds that this is a historic conference because of the resounding support to the position of the government in this country to implement sustainable forest management. As you know, there is now a serious on-going debate in the Philippines whether to implement sustainable forestry or to implement a total logging ban. It is heartwarming that the presentations and discussions during the past three days only showed that there is indeed enough mechanism, enough approaches to make management of forestry sustainable.
We have taken the position of sustainable forest management rather than total log ban because we agree with you. We believe the solution is to produce timber. The solution is to plant and not to ban harvesting. If we have enough plantation, if we have enough wood then we can harvest. It is an endowment from God. It was given to us basically as a renewable resource for us to harvest. If we don't harvest it if we have enough, nature will take it away anyway.
This particular conference is a resounding support to that particular position. We still maintain in this country that we can make forestry sustainable and we believe that banning harvesting is basically to the term of the civil society a "nimbi" which is the ":not in my backyard" concept. You do not want to use wood from this country but you want to use the wood of Indonesia, of Africa, Malaysia, New Zealand and other countries.
The same concept applies to mining when you want to ban mining in this country but you continue to use mining products because you cannot survive for one day without using anything out of it. Still, you want to ban mining. Why? Because you believe it's polluted and not sustainable but you want to use the cement of other countries, the gold of other countries, the metal of other countries. So in the global sense, that is also "not in my backyard" concept.
To make your country sustainable you have to produce your own timber and we believe we can do it. There was a very good advertisement in this country with the concept "save the forest, use steel". That advertisement was so beautifully prepared that it even won an award. But to my mind, that is the dumbest advertisement that I ever viewed. I started to attack it and asked the people who prepared it to withdraw that advertisement. Thankfully, they did. Why? I argued that producing wood is more sustainable than producing steel. What do you do when you produce one cu. m. of steel? You have to excavate, destroy the surface, destroy the flora and fauna and then you have to emit tons of carbon dioxide in the process. But when you produce one cu.m of wood, you just plant new trees and wait for a while. The trees will sequester carbon dioxide in the process of growing. It is very clean and is renewable. That is why I believe that plantation forestry for sustainability of wood supply and of course for biodiversity is the solution to the needs of this region.
Again, I would like to extend my congratulations to all the participants for your contribution in this very successful conference. I also thank and congratulate ITTO, the FAO and the Secretariat, in particular Ms. Mayumi Quintos for a wonderful job. As a host, I would like to extend my apologies to everyone if we have committed any inconvenience to all of you during your stay in this country especially with the political situation in this country. If it has added color in your stay, we are also willing to get credit for it but if it has caused inconvenience to you, I would like to extend my utmost apologies in behalf of my Department and my boss Secretary Cerilles. Again, thank you very much and good afternoon.
My dearest family and friends, it is difficult to express my gratitude and love to you all. You know this saying, “a dog wags its tail with its heart” – well, I am like that dog today. I want to say so much, but I can hardly find the words. So, I’ll just say that you are the greatest blessing in my life. This evening is the expression of your love to me, I realize this, but also it is the event when I see all of you gathered in the same place. So, I gotcha! Now you think you’ll have to listen to my long and boring confessions…Well, you are right. I’ll try to make them shorter and funnier, but they still remain long and boring. So, listen to me…Thank you! Thank you for being with me all that difficult time. You support and understanding gave me the strength to continue fighting. Without you I would give up. But then you would come or call and I would remember why I am so in love with this wonderful life – because of you. You are my world, and I am sincerely grateful to God for giving me such loving family and caring friends. Your support was crucial for me this year, when I achieved much due to your help: I graduated my true passion – Nursing school. I can’t wait when I can apply my skills and knowledge into practice.
Love and gratitude – this is what I feel standing now in front of you. Love and gratitude – these are the best emotions one can imagine. I am happy to love you and to be grateful to you. I know that you love me too, but it is by mistake. You think I am an ideal: perfect mother, noble friend, lofty relative – you are wrong! I have to work much on myself! I am not a leopard which never changes its stripes, so I would like to assure you that my goal in life is to become as wonderful as you think I am. As far as this goal attainment requires much effort, skills and time, I hope that you’ll help me in it, as always. Just like all girls I dreamt of many things, people and event in my childhood, but I couldn’t even imagine that some day I would have such wonderful friends and family. I deeply appreciate your support. Thank you for being with me and Tom. In the end, I want to cite you a poem (not mine, by Richard McWilliam):
What is a dream? What is a dream?
A dream is a goal,
A dream is where Hope lives,
A dream is something to chase when life drags us down,
A dream is a song in the wilderness,
Good flowering from the mud of evil.
That is a dream.
Get yourself a dream,
Touch God and pray
And never, ever let your dream get away.
With you, my dearest, my dream is always near. Thank you very much.
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Just like any other speeches, a thank-you speech has 3 main part: the introduction speech, the body of your speech, and the conclusion.
In the introduction or opening of your speech, you need to tell everyone the reason why you are giving a thank-you speech. May be you just achieve a new milestone or just want to thank everyone. You may also see informative speech examples & samples
This is where you mention the people that helped you work your way through and the things that they did.
This is the part where summarize your speech and end it by saying thanks. You may also like motivational speech examples & samples
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Note all the people that helped you achieve a personal or career milestone. It helps to rank them—the most important first.
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Appreciate and praise all the things people gave you that help you become successful.
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