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Compliments: A Full Circle Moment

Compliments are meant as a feel-good, a motivator, a confidence or self esteem booster. Conveying a compliment to someone or about something shows you noticed, are aware and/or are appreciative.

How to do? Express compliments with intention, genuineness, positivity, sincerity, and authenticity. Be specific to the other person’s words, behavior and/or actions that made an impact or mark on you. For instance express distinct sentiments like:

  • Fantastic job on your presentation!
  • Well done, I think the whole room understands that concept so much better!
  • Your words of advice (about something specific) really inspire me (and give an example).
  • I admire your prose.
  • You have the gift of making people laugh.
  • You always know just the right thing to say.
  • That speech was remarkable!
  • I’m proud of you.
  • Congratulations on closing that deal!
  • I applaud how you handled that.
  • That salad was spectacular!

How should you respond? Always with graciousness and appreciation. The simplest and best thing to say is “thank you”. If the moment feels right by adding a little more information, clarity or background you can always respond in kind. Start with “thank you” and then you could include genial phrases such as:

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed.
  • That makes me feel good.
  • That made my day hearing that.
  • I’m happy to hear you feel that way.
  • I appreciate you telling me that.
  • I am grateful for your support.
  • I appreciate your kind words.
  • I appreciate you noticing.
  • Your kind words mean a lot to me.
  • That brightens my day hearing that.
  • Our whole team contributed.
  • It was a team effort.
  • I learned from the best – my mom.
  • It’s a family recipe that’s been passed down for generations on my dad’s side.

A smile in your voice or your writing, while in the compliment moment, brings it all full circle.