I just wrapped up a keynote where my client told me a fantastic story. She is a really high level leader and was asked to put together a budget package to present at a board meeting. A very normal requirement, but also a ton of work.
When they passed out the budget packets at the meeting, one of the board members looked up and said, “Wow, you did a really good job on this, it looks really great.”
This really melted her. It made her feel appreciated and encouraged. She also told me she was surprised how much this kindness meant to her.