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An example of something encouraging is a coach's pep talk to a team before a big game.
When he spoke, he had encouraging news on another matter.
I was watching for some encouraging sign.
Sure, he had stepped over the line, but hadn't she invited him by encouraging his attention?
Apparently Rob didn't think I'd been encouraging him.
Like another Socrates, he taught them to know themselves, repressing vanity, encouraging the despondent, and attaching all alike by his unobtrusive sympathy.