January 24 is International Compliment Day.
Compliments – they are free, easy to give and receive, they make people happy and build trust. So give someone a compliment on January 24, Compliment Day.
Giving a compliment is much easier than receiving one and how you give a compliment is almost as important as what you say.
Firstly, whatever you say should be honest and sincere and this will be reflected in your body language and tone.
When you offer a compliment:
- look the person in the eye. Looking the other person in the eyes will speak volumes about your sincerity.
- address them by name
- add a smile all ensure that your compliment is perceived as genuine.
- Being specific
“Erina, that spreadsheet you produced was really helpful – the colours were a really good way to differentiate tasks”. By being specific you’re extending the compliment at the same time as offering some specific and useful detail also what it is that they can repeat in future tasks.
- Don’t overdo it
Avoid going overboard with a string of compliments. Yes, doling out a long stream of niceties might seem like a surefire way to foster a reputation as a positive and respectful professional but whatever you do don’t overdo it. If you’re constantly complimenting everyone and everything, your compliments will soon how no value.
AND NOW IT’S OVER TO YOU….
Deliver a compliment to someone you admire or respect.
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