Catch me Doing Something Right!

Womens-leadership-speaker-Colette-CarlsonI’ve always been a big proponent of catching someone doing something right and providing a word of praise or reward. When my one- and two-year-old daughters finally let me go to the bathroom alone, I came back to the playroom applauding and dancing. “You let Mommy go to the bathroom by herself today!”  I even did a cartwheel (hey, it was over 16 years ago). They beamed at their accomplishment, and I gained a bit of peedom. A few years later in the grocery checkout line I randomly turned to them and said, “Since you’ve never bugged me about buying candy, choose any piece you want!”

Imagine my joy when reading an article that nursing homes are changing the way they get results. Rather than impose citations, fines and other sanctions when serious problems are discovered, some are providing financial incentives that encourage better services. Ohio is leading the game with almost 10% of the Medicaid payments to nursing homes being dependent on residents’ satisfaction, number of nurses on staff and medical complication rates. They can get financial bumps for meeting quality standards. Medicare is planning to roll out a national program over the next several years. How cool to reward staff for doing a quality job rather than punishing them for not.

In fact, this motivational speaker is on a mission today to find people who are making life better for others and personally thanking them. Will you join me?


Step into the Truth Booth, improve your life, and laugh along the way with funny motivational speaker Colette Carlson. How did she go from emotional coward and the Pizza Delivery’s favorite customer to #1 sales producer for sales legend Tom Hopkins and Brian Tracy, featured in Success Magazine, a 50 lb. weight loss, and inspiring audiences at Microsoft, Accenture, Pepsi, Boeing, and organizations worldwide? Visit her at or call 760-230-1212.

Colette founded Speak Your Truth, Inc. to share her success systems and inspire others to Think It! Speak It! Live It! Her tools and takeaways create authentic, long-lasting change in every aspect of your life. With a MA in human behavior, a successful business and 2 teenage daughters, Colette provides a unique combination of education, research, real-life experience, and heartfelt humor to motivate you with her high content programs. Improve your Communication Skills, Work-Life Balance, Sales, Leadership, Assertiveness, Negotiation…all wrapped in the genuine power of Speaking Your Truth.

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  1. Count me in!!  People make better decisions when they are empowered, not shamed. So I will join your movement to find what people are doing right! And let’s don’t forget ourselves too! Sometimes I am more focused on what isn’t working than what is. As motivational speakers, we are the worlds’ cheerleaders. This should come natural to us. And it sure comes natural to you my dear friend! Your heart bleeds encouragement.

  2. How curious that my response to this fabulous post of yours didn’t show up!  I happened to look at your post again just to remind myself of the term you used (that I commented on) and thank goodness I did! It wasn’t here! Weird.
    Anyway, I LOVE this post AND – how you gained your glorious peedom! 

  3. I love this post Colette. Catch people doing stuff right – reward what you want to see continue.  I saw the president of Caesar’s Entertainment speak recently and when he spoke of the dining halls for employees he mentioned their policy that’s in alignment with what you’re talking about.  They have one area where employees can choose fresh, healthy, good-for-you options, or junk food.  Here’s the catch, Caesar’s will subsidize the healthy choices, but if you choose comfort food, you gotta pay full price!!!!


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