PDA’s: Public Displays of Appreciation

Public Displays of Appreciation
Public Displays of Appreciation

I teach in a middle school where PDA’s, or Public Displays of Affection,  are generally frowned upon. But today I want to talk about a different kind of PDA, a Public Display of Appreciation.

You see one of the offshoots of our interconnected world is that there is far too much navel gazing. We now have so many platforms available to us to broadcast our ideas, opinions and successes that it seems like everyone has become their own public relations firm. The problem is that this turns into a constant stream of “look at me” messages.

I am just as guilty of this as anyone. So it is time to do something about it. I intend to strive to put the focus on others from time to time, and what better way than publicly showing my appreciation for someone.

After all, everyone likes to be thanked.

Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it. ~ Ralph Marston

So here is today’s assignment: think of three people who deserve a thank you and find a way to do so publicly. While taking out a billboard sign is one very public way of doing it, there are easier- and cheaper– ways of sending along a note of appreciation.

Here are three ways to publicly thank someone in less than five minutes.

1. LinkedIn recommendation. Have someone in your professional circle that deserves some thanks? Everyone is on LinkedIn these days, so why not take five minutes and write a positive recommendation for someone?

2. Interoffice posting. Need to make it more official? Send a letter to their supervisor praising their work, efforts or helpfulness. This is a little less public, but will be just as appreciated. I have never heard anyone complain about getting praised in front of their boss!

3. Facebook shout-out. For a less formal, but just as effective, means of showing thanks put a note on someone’s Facebook wall letting them know that you appreciate them.

So who do you need to thank? Do you have any creative ideas on how you could thank them publicly today? Share in the comments.

Author: Steve P Brady

My vocation is that of an English teacher and job search coach. In my leisure time I am a reader, writer and runner (and a huge horror fan).

2 thoughts on “PDA’s: Public Displays of Appreciation”

  1. I am often shocked by the lack of use the words thank you get. A thank you or a show of appreciation is always appreciated, even if the person being thanked brushes it humbly aside.

    I know that when a person says thank you to me it not only makes me feel appreciated, but it also makes me more inclined to want to help in the future. If we don’t show our thanks then how does the person who did something for us or helped us know that they are appreciated?

    A few years back we had a bar and for me one of the most important things was to let the staff know that they were appreciated. We only employed a couple of people, but they mattered and they were important for the success of the business. I believe that letting them know that we appreciated the work they did for us, not only made them feel good, but also encouraged them to carry on doing a good job, which was an added bonus.

    I hope people take heed of your post and thank someone they wouldn’t normally thank.

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