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Andy Erlandson, General Manager – Microsoft

“We collectively decided to invite Dr. White to present to our entire organization. He did a fantastic job of combining his passion with both intellect and humor. He connected well with my team and since his speech, we’ve changed our focus to landing authentic appreciation in a real way across the organization”

Jack W. Bruce, 2016 President SHRM-Atlanta

“Dr. Paul White’s keynote presentation on the 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, for our SHRM-Atlanta annual HR conference, was right on target. His presentation was engaging, current and relevant.  He combined solid research with actual work-life experiences to show how authentic appreciation positively affects the success and bottom line of an organization.  This was extremely relevant to our SHRM members – helping us to enhance our leadership skills in our member organizations.”

Andy Bailey, Employee Recognition, Events, & Corporate Citizenship Manager – DIRECTV

“Being able to deliver the Appreciation at Work training has given our recognition team credibility, being able to deliver value to our organization. We have moved from the “reward and party people” to subject matter experts who offer practical skills that impact our leaders. In fact, those leaders who embrace authentic appreciation and become champions in implementing it become higher potential leaders.”

Josh Pearce, Human Resource Director

“We previously had an incredibly high turnover rate…But since we started the 5 Languages of Appreciation training with Dr. White, we haven’t lost any team members. The team is happier and more positive, and we actually have hired back employees. The 5 Languages of Appreciation model has had a positive impact within our organization, from the top management down to the line workers.”

Michael T, Management Analyst – HUD Learning, Enrichment, and Resource Network

“Creating a Positive Workplace through Authentic Appreciation, should be mandatory for supervisors at all levels. By using humor, videos and his interaction with the audience, Dr. White actively engages the participants in a way that is humorous and keeps you laughing. The principles provided are easy to understand, apply, and remember. More importantly, the information is relevant to daily life in the workplace and resonates with your own personal experiences. I would absolutely recommend Dr. White to others, especially to government agencies with limited funds who are trying to get impactful training with long lasting effects.”

Josh Nickell, Owner – Nickell Rental 

Nickell Rental is a family-owned equipment rental business that serves communities around the Greater Atlanta area. They hold the honor of being ranked, multiple times, by Inc. Magazine’s prestigious list of the most successful private companies in the nation. “A key component of our growth is having motivated and highly engaged teams,” says Josh Nickell, owner of Nickell Rental. “Offering encouragement and genuine appreciation is a driving force for team engagement and effectiveness. The MBA Inventory allows us a simple way of understanding how we can best encourage the individuals on our team in an impactful and meaningful way.”

Martha McCoy – Simpson University

“Dr. White was the keynote presenter for our annual Business Leadership luncheon.  We sold out the event, and had the largest crowd in 14 years, with over 550 business and community leaders attending. Dr. White was one of the best speakers we’ve had – with an upbeat, interactive style.  He was professional, yet genuine and he used a variety of delivery methods to keep the presentation interesting.  People valued the practical steps he offered…”

Scott Brunscheen, Executive Director – Faith at Work

“Dr. White is an inspiring and humorous speaker whose message includes very actionable items to use in daily work life.  His talk was well-balanced and supported by research, and people could relate personally to his stories and examples.  We had a strong response (regarding the number who attended the event) and incredible comments from our guests who were comprised of business owners, and community and nonprofit leaders.  Overall, the luncheon was positive, encouraging, and able to be applied in virtually every type of work setting”

Stacie Engelmann, SHRM-KC President 2015

“Dr. Paul White’s keynote, Improving Staff Morale with Authentic Appreciation, was a great way to kick-off our annual conference as our SHRM members and attendees wanted an important message that they could learn and apply to their company. We doubled our anticipated attendance and our members were able to take back practical resources to help integrate appreciation into their workplace. Dr. White was funny, brought positive energy to the session and engaged well with the audience. Dr. White and his team were at the “top of their game” — they were great and a pleasure to work with. If you’re looking for an engaging speaker and relevant topic for your event, I would certainly recommend Dr. White!”

Anita Fevang, Premiere Partner for Norway – Job Motivated  

“My professional partnership with Dr. Paul White and Tim Hepner has been a great, inspirational experience. Appreciation At Work is too good not to be shared throughout the globe. They’ve been extremely generous in sharing the content of the program, as well as their time and expertise. They made it possible for me to translate the book (into Norwegian), and to start providing training in the health care facilities important to the welfare state. They’ve also helped me create a clear vision of how I can make the appreciation concepts work to create a safe and happy work environment for adults at work. Thanks to their Premier Partner program, I can see the possibility of making an important difference in the world, combined with creating a sustainable business. I am grateful for their genuineness, our shared values, combined with creating a network of truly amazing people!”  www.jobbmotivert.no 


Lisa Holley, Corporate Human Resources, Learning and Development Consultant – Insperity

“Dr. White was warm and inviting in how he related to us. It was obvious that he made himself knowledgeable about our group and the purpose of the event. He did not come across as if he was “performing,” like many other speakers do. He was very personal and his presentation flowed so smoothly. His interaction style was both fun and honest. We had tons of communication with Dr. White and his office pre event, which helped lead to the success of the event. The research at the beginning of the presentation was very eye opening and helpful, and the content he presented was very easy to understand. I think the Appreciation at Work resources will complement our recognition program really well.”

Matt Davenport, Assistant Director of Reslife – Purdue University

“5 Languages of Appreciation in the workplace truly provides tools, examples, and techniques that help fill a much needed gap.  Our department has made appreciation a part of our culture and has seen a positive impact, which has given me the opportunity to facilitate trainings with other departments on campus.  It is an honor to train students and staff members on the teachings of Dr. Paul White specifically highlighting authentic appreciation.  I highly recommend creating an environment of appreciation via the 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace.”


Joel Lamoreaux, Corporate trainer – Deluxe Corp

“Our partnership with Dr. Paul White has been fantastic! They have our best interest in mind. Very flexible with the approach, making sure we customize something that works really well for our environment…”

Joel Lamoreaux

Lester J. Hirst, Ph.D. Curriculum & Professional Development Manager – Compassion International

“In team dynamics, knowing each other’s “language of appreciation” can make the difference between the team that gels and becomes synergistic, and those that never quite make it.”

Jack W. Bruce, 2016 President SHRM-Atlanta & VP Strategic Operations – The Benefit Company

“Dr. Paul White’s keynote presentation on the 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, for our SHRM-Atlanta annual HR conference, was right on target.  Our membership is made up of HR and business professionals at various stages of their careers and from a variety of industries and from organizations ranging in size from Fortune 100s to start-ups. Yet Dr. White was able to draw on his vast experience and deliver a presentation that was relevant across our diverse membership.  His presentation was engaging, current and relevant.  He combined solid research with actual work-life experiences to show how authentic appreciation positively affects the success and bottom line of an organization.  The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace was extremely relevant to our SHRM members – helping us to enhance our leadership skills in our member organizations.”

Caleb Cornelius, President – Florida Association of Bursars and Student Accounting Administrators

“Having Dr. White as our keynote speaker was the perfect way to kick off the rest of the conference; He was so engaging, and very relatable! He was very interactive and reached out to our specialized group and talked about what was important to us”


Tom Sanders, Chief Medical Director – Department of Veterans Affairs

“This was the best presentation on employee appreciation I have heard in 35 years. Very, very practical.”

Tom Nicholson, Executive Director – HR People & Strategy

“Trusting relationships are the glue that holds commerce together. They are more important than skills or knowledge. This book shows how to build trust on a personal level in the workplace and its principles apply for a wide variety of organizations.


Ruth Watson, Organizational Development – Focus on the Family

“Dr. White came and provided the Appreciation at Work training to over 60 of our leaders and managers.  He was very enthusiastic and connected well with the attendees, proactively introducing himself to them prior to the training.  His style was professional but genuine and people responded, with a high level of engagement. The information provided was practical and helpful.  I have always thought that people leave their jobs because of a lack of appreciation, so hearing Dr. White talk about this problem was quite validating. Many attendees wanted more information on pursuing this training with their team members. My manager and I are now certified trainers, and we plan to provide training to them in the coming months.”

Barbara Weathers, VP Programs and Events – Association for Talent Development (ATD-KC)

“Dr. Paul White has an interesting combination of characteristics. On the one hand, he is humorous, engaging and an energetic presenter – like an entertainer.  But, on the other hand, he has a relaxed, conversational style which makes him approachable and easy to relate to. The information he shares is practical and relevant to virtually anyone, regardless of their position in an organization. I would highly recommend Dr. White to others – he will be enjoyed by and beneficial to a wide range of industries and organizations”

Jon Rolph, Conference Director – Wichita YPO

“Dr. Whites keynote topic is applicable to any industry. Appreciation is a common denominator and his presentation easily sets up follow through for the organization. Unlike some presentations, it is easy to integrate and apply afterwards. The presentation is applicable to key associates as well as presidents and CEOs”


Jill Joiner, Organizational Development Facilitator – Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P

“I had the privilege of attending Dr. Paul White’s keynote presentation at the Association of Talent Development, Kansas City Chapter (ATD-KC) Fall Conference. His presentation was enlightening and highly informative on how we need to focus on how we are appreciating others at work and ways to make this a part of our daily routine. He has a presentation you will definitely want to see”

Jamie Lanphear, Chapter President – ATD Pikes Peak

“Dr. White’s approach is relevant and timely for today’s workplace—I appreciated that he had tools and techniques that I could easily take back and begin to use”

Julie Spires, Director of Leadership Training, Chick-Fil-A

“Our work with the The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace (and the results from the Motivating By Appreciation Inventory) has been wonderful.  We are really pleased with the outcomes we are seeing.  There has been a camaraderie develop among our team members. We started with our Directors…”

Bruce Burnett, President & CLU – Wichita Estate Planning Council

“Dr. White proactively pursues ways to connect with the audience – before, during and after the presentation.  He doesn’t just speak to you but does a great job of getting attendees involved in the process.  His message of discovering ways to communicate appreciation effectively to peers and staff was enlightening and the concepts will help both law firms and a variety of organizations.”

Kent Humphreys, Chairman – American Health Partners

“This simple process and tool has put me light years ahead. It will greatly help your relationships and productivity as a leader.”

Eric Dingler, Founder of Family Life Univeristy

“The combination of using DISC Profile along with Appreciation Languages is the holy grail of effective HR leadership”

Paula Appel, MDS Coordinator – Global Healthcare

Dr. White’s presentation on The 5 Languages of Appreciation was very engaging.  He was direct and knowledgeable and had a way about him that made us want to listen to what he had to say.  It was like listening to a friend!  I would definitely recommend this training to others.  We left feeling very positive, realizing we are a valuable employee to our company.  Our regional team is reporting a positive difference following the training with employees feeling more respected by their supervisors.  My recommendation for anyone going through the Appreciation at Work training process it to ‘Sit back and listen.  Soak it up, and it will hit home’.

John Rolfe, Houston Convention Bureau

“Dr. White’s material is relevant, particularly to our ever-changing, multi-generational workforce. His appreciation concepts are beneficial to everyone in the workforce, regardless of a person’s level in the company. His information has helped me feel more aware of issues relating to appreciation in my workplace and in society.”

Jennifer Johnson, CIO/COO – Equity Bank

“In taking our leadership group through the Appreciation at Work training, Dr. White was able to use humor to deliver important business concepts in a way that made us “stop and think”.  The session was enjoyable and engaging – so much so that the time went by very quickly.  I would recommend having team members take the Motivating By Appreciation Inventory prior to the training (as we did), as doing so helped us relate the content in real-time.  Dr. White had a unique way of taking topics some view as “touchy feely” and making them very practical for business workplaces.  I would absolutely recommend this training to others – it was great!”