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This book is much like the other books on the 5 Languages of Love except that it is not as focused. Unlike the 5 Languages of Love specifically for spouses, children, teenagers, etc., this book cover a wider range of situations (such as boss-employee, employee-employee, workers, volunteers, leaders of companies, and leaders of non-profit organizations). Therefore, you'll most likely find only half of the book to be relevant to you. The examples for demonstrating appreciation are useful:
- Words of Affirmation (praise in public or handwritten note)
- Quality Time (quality conversation, phone call to check in, or lunch)
- Acts of Service (offering help or work as team on an assignment)
- Tangible Gifts (gift card for something the person values)
- Physical Touch (pat on the shoulder or high five)
Usually, you can identify a person's language of appreciation by observing how that person express appreciation to others (such "Thank you so much for doing that for me. I want to take you to lunch." or "I got this for you because I knew you would like it."). When you deliver appreciation using the right channel, people hear the message and feel that what they do matter.
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As a current entry level professional in my line of work, my previous job had a lot of unhealthy habits of appreciation and/ or habits that didn’t line up to how I’m used to feeling appreciated.
I’m now in a workplace that treats its employees really well and feel the need to ask my boss for specific feedback although he says I’m doing well, learning from this book that my appreciation languages are honest words of affirmation and acts of service (things I wasn’t able to get at my last job but am at this one).
That’s just one example of the many ways this book has encouraged and taught me how to understand, care for, and work with other kinds of people.
I enjoyed this and found a few good pieces of information. Though I felt like most of the book was just trying to sell me the inventory and get me to convince others to purchase the inventory. If you took that and the constant examples out, you've got about an hour worth listening too.