How to Motivate People
Learning how to motivate people is a useful skill whether you need to apply it at home or in the workplace. Mastering this is a skill that has been used by many successful leaders throughout time and it’s a practice that will no doubt be required and studied continuously through future years.
But how do you motivate anyone? How can you keep people inspired and moving forward?
I want to take you back to a time when you were a young student at school, perhaps in your teens. Now I want you to think of a teacher that really got the best out of you, a teacher of a lesson that you enjoyed attending, a teacher of a subject where you actually studied hard. I can bet my bottom dollar that the very teacher your thinking of was positive, upbeat but more importantly gave you lots of positive praise on all of your work, whatever it’s grade or standard.
Now think of the opposite, a teacher who you disliked and a lesson that you simply didn’t enjoy. It’s safe to say that 9 times out of 10 this teacher wasn’t very forthcoming with positive praise and only managed a little when you did something outstanding.
Which one motivated you more? The one with the praise, right? Well that’s the first tip and perhaps the best tip of them all. If you want to get someone geared up, then give them lots of praise and encouragement. Be positive when they do something right and be positive when they mess up! One advancement for this tip that works incredibly well in the workplace is to give someone praise publicly. A pat on the back or simple recognition in front of colleagues and peers is worth tenfold of that given in public.
To keep people interested and inspired also requires an interesting oxymoron, ok so this is my own oxymoron but it works. Here goes, give people Controlled Freedom! What this means is that if you give someone a clear task with clear goals you are keeping some kind of control. Well do that but then give them the
freedom and space to work on this task, give them the freedom to disagree and make suggestions.
Providing a goal and then letting people work on their own inspired ideas enables them to feel like they’re not only contributing to an objective, but they are being given a valued opportunity to use their initiative. You have shown respect, they will really appreciate this and you’re going to get one highly motivated individual!
Posted in Business Coaching on October 12, 2011
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