Seven weeks to better relationships – Part 2 – ‘LA’

by | Oct 8, 2013 | Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Relationships (Self and Others)

Our personal relationships (and even more specifically – our romantic, long-term relationships) are often challenging and go through their ups and downs. I’ve decided to use seven weeks to help us really ‘be the difference that makes the difference’. Last week we covered the first two letters of the word ‘RELATIONSHIPS’, remember them?… REAL and EXCITEMENT. Let’s look at the next two letters and keep taking Key Steps together to…

Nurture Re‘LA’tionships (Part 2)

L – Laugh: Laughter really is the best medicine. Take time to play and have fun together. Dare to be silly.

A – Appreciate: Never take your partner for granted. Say thank you! Find special ways to show your partner you appreciate them. It can be a note in a lunch box, a thoughtful gesture (maybe unexpected flowers, offering to take the kids to school or making a romantic dinner), a meaningful touch or embrace. And ALWAYS remember special occasions and make a point of spending quality time together. It could also be valuable to find out your partner’s love language and appreciate them the way they want to be appreciated.

Now ask yourself, “What are you going to do this week to laugh together and appreciate each other?” It’s often the little things that make the biggest difference! Remember that YOU CAN…

“be the difference that makes the difference




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Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, EQ Expert, Founder and CEO

Sharon is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation. Her PhD thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that was published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to the field.

Sharon is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. She is also a COMENSA Master Practitioner (CMP), a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT™) and an accredited Global Virtual Speaker. Sharon is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an NLP master practitioner.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her genuinely caring manner, practical and transformational approach, and for providing valuable tools and that allow people to take Key Steps to really… ‘be the difference that makes the difference.’