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Ian Mann, Director – Gateway Business Consultants

“Every management course highlights the value of appreciation, but appreciating me in a way that I can’t hear feels very much like not being appreciated.  Just as They 5 Love Languages enables couples to feel loved in a way that they understand, so do The 5 Languages of Appreciation ensure that the staff know they are appreciated.  This book is an important contribution to making the workplace a more pleasant environment where people feel appreciated-a prerequisite for being more productive.”


Stephen P. Stahr, CEO – Million Dollar Round Table

“During my first full year as CEO of a Chicago area-based association, one of my top priorities was the enhancement of our organization’s internal culture. The 5 Languages of Appreciation book and accompanying tools were an integral part of this effort…”

John Duncan, PhD, CPA, Dean of School of Business – Charleston Southern University

“In a business environment where employees are often over-worked and underappreciated, it is important to personally communicate encouragement to our colleagues, superiors, customers and vendors. Dr. White’s 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace presentation addresses this timely issue, with insight and relevance. His style is engaging and effective, teaching us how to impact our workplace and community with genuine encouragement.”

Jane Corwin, Senior Associate Director – Princeton University

“I had no idea! There are five different languages of appreciation, and we don’t all speak the same language? As I read the book and thought about it, it made total sense to me. Motivational management skills are critical to my team’s long-term success. After reading The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace I am now better equipped to inspire top performance in my staff by applying a very thoughtful, simple, and personalized methodology to showing my true appreciation for quality work.”

Jeff Dearduff, Chairman – American Society of Baking

“As the Chairman of ASB and the one responsible for bringing keynote speakers to the annual event, I knew that Dr. Paul White and his message based on the 5 Love Languages would fit our membership perfectly, and it did. Dr. White brought a practical approach to employee relations…”

Erin Thurston, M.D. – University of South Carolina Medical Center

“The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace training gives people more ideas and ways to encourage others. I think in any group where you work together, you will be able to apply the concepts – with other doc’s, nurses and staff.”

Jay Anders, Director of Leadership Development – MillerCoors, Inc.

“What works well is the fact that the MBA Inventory identifies not only an individual’s language of appreciation but they can also choose the specific actions important to them, and from whom they desire those actions.”

Art TerKeurst, Leadership Team – Chick-Fil-A Arboretum

“We have learned very practical ways to communicate, appreciate, and model behaviors that match up with the way that we are each wired. We are excited to have this knowledge in our leadership tool belt, and look forward to applying these truths within our Team.”

Dr. Keith J. Hamilton, President – Alaska Christian College

“Great presentation on The 5 Languages of Appreciation. I know that we stand with other agencies and ministries who can really benefit from your teaching and leadership in this critical area for our overall health as a college community”

Linn, Director of Government Entity

“The information was so well received! I have already seen changes in people’s behavior and have seen the languages exhibited. Thanks for this important work about improving relationships in the workplace”

Bobby Ukrop, President & CEO – Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods

“A fabulous team-building experience. I’m telling my peers they should connect their teams with the Appreciation at Work training.”

John Duncan, PhD, CPA, Dean of School of Business – Charleston Southern University

“In a business environment where employees are often over-worked and underappreciated, it is important to personally communicate encouragement to our colleagues, superiors, customers and vendors. Dr. White’s 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace presentation addresses this timely issue, with insight and relevance. His style is engaging and effective, teaching us how to impact our workplace and community with genuine encouragement.”


Susan Bukiewicz, Regional Director of Women’s Ministries – Salvation Army

“The 5 Languages of Appreciation dovetails beautifully with other leadership training we’ve received and provides practical action steps in how to encourage one another.”

Lynn Smith, Director of Leadership Development – Next LEVEL Leadership Canada

“The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace is timely and so very practical. Appreciation is the “pay” everyone is looking for today but few know how to either give or ask for a “raise” in that area. This book addresses not just the need for the life-giving appreciation we all need, but takes us through the process of discovering what that looks like for ourselves and for those with whom we work. Everyone who reads this book will without doubt be better equipped to create an atmosphere of appreciation in their sphere of influence wherever that is.”

Elizabeth H. King, PhD President & CEO – Wichita State University Foundation

“In these challenging economic times, when it has been difficult to find the resources to reward our staff monetarily, we have diligently sought ways to genuinely express our appreciation for our staff’s hard work and service. Until reading The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, and working with Dr. White to lead our staff in a workshop on this topic, I do not believe we had given any consideration to the fact that certain team members, when shown specific acts of gratitude, respond differently than other team members. We are still learning and putting new approaches into action, but over the last few months, I have seen a marked and heightened effort to personalize appreciation not only by supervisors with their staff members but also on a peer-to-peer basis.”

Mike Jordahl, National Director – The Navigators

“Wow! Five Languages of Appreciation In The Workplace is succinct and simple even as it is deep in significance and truly helpful. My marriage greatly benefited from The Five Love Languages and now my work is greatly benefitting from Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace – both with teams I lead and the teams I serve on. As it has helped me, this resource is sure to be a help to many workplace teams all over the world!”

Conrade Yap, Independent Reviewer – Net Galley

“Great book…I am surprised by the simplicity and effectiveness of the concept. I particularly like the way the authors make a distinction between ‘recognition’ and ‘appreciation.’ Rating: 4.5 stars of 5”

Donna Watson, PhD

“By taking the MBA Inventory and using nothing more than the Appreciation at Work Implementation Kit, you’ll have the skills to improve this statistic by changing the atmosphere of any type of workplace, even in a tight global economy. Use it to enhance your organization’s greatest asset: its people.”

Jeff Ukrop, Certified Appreciation at Work Facilitator

“I recently completed my first training with the Appreciation at Work materials. The training went really well and was well received by the management team. A key “turning point” was when the CEO heard (and accepted) input from the team that not everyone is encouraged in the same way that he is. Specifically, people like to go out to lunch with him but they don’t always want to talk about work. This was an “ah-ha” moment for him and the topic generated a lot of energy in the training. Since our time together, he has become an ‘evangelist’ for the 5 Languages, telling his friends and business associates all about them!”

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

“One of the core strengths for the Appreciation at Work process is that it is easily implemented.  The resources are adaptable to different settings and roles, being able to be used by front-line employees, supervisors, and managers immediately.  I’ve had managers and supervisors complete the training and that day tell me they were going to change an email they were drafting to send to their team.   Another said they were going to conduct their team meeting differently the next day. The Appreciation at Work resources have helped us transition how we do recognition and appreciation.  We have moved from talking about “rewards and recognition” to “recognition and rewards,” and then to “appreciation and recognition.” Additionally, our 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.”

Adam Gragg, Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist – EMPAC, Inc.

“The information from 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace is simple, practical, and if applied, will quickly make a positive impact on your organization. In my experience, few things motivate and inspire more than consistent appreciation and this book gives you the tools you need to quickly add it to your workplace.”

Chip Ingram, President and Teaching Pastor – Living on the Edge

“This is a Great Tool! It is well thought thru, well researched, and a thoughtfully applied resource to empower your people, increase unity and productivity, and reduce turnover. I highly recommend it.”

Bill Liao, Author of Stone Soup – The secret recipe for making something from nothing

“By applying the amazing insights of the 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, you will discover simple day to day actions that you may be overlooking, that can catapult you and your team to the next level”

David A. Forstein, D.O. Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program Director, Greenville, SC

“The Motivating by Appreciation project conducted with our residents and faculty went well. I believe the concepts are clearly needed and will continue to help our organization build positive, supportive communication among the staff.”

David Sanford, CEO – GraceMed Health Clinic, Inc.

“Learning the primary appreciation ‘languages’ has transformed our clinic from one focused on ‘corporate’ appreciation to ‘individual’ appreciation. This book has already helped us develop a sensitivity to and ability to show effective, personal appreciation for our coworkers.”

Publishers Weekly

“This is a well-researched, useful book for business leaders that offers a much needed message that won’t wear out with repetition: ‘If people enjoy their work and feel appreciated…they are far more likely to have organizational loyalty and work hard”

Jonathan Mwaba, Graduate Student – John Brown University

“Dr. White’s message is a timely reminder of the need for corporate and community organizations to champion workplace environments that foster genuine appreciation. His message is very simple, employees being appreciated will likely reach their potential, be more committed…”

Stephan Joubert, Professor – University of Pretoria and University of Nijmegen in The Netherlands

In this absolute must-read book, Gary Chapman and Paul White provide creative, practical ways to show appreciation to every single person at work, automatically boosting their confidence and productivity. This book holds the key to changing all working environments into safe and effective spaces where people can feel valued.

April McBride – Canadian Red Cross

“The feedback was incredible…People felt appreciated, and motivated. It was wonderful!!!!!”

Dr. Marge Scanlin, Adjunct Faculty – Touro University-Nevada

“Perhaps the most down-to-earth required reading in our course, made the greatest impact on students’ thinking and behavior. It was a valuable addition to our course on Supervision of Program and Personnel!”