How to Deliver an Authentic Compliment

The Incredible Power of a Compliment

Receiving a sincere compliment can have a huge impact on your outlook. The most powerful compliment communicates the message, “I value you.” Here are our tips on delivering an authentic compliment:

1. Be specific.

2. A single compliment may be all it takes.

3. Wear your compliment like a badge of honor.

When nothing seems to be going right, dig deep into your emotional pocket and pull out a past compliment that has helped define who you are today.

4. Be impeccable with your words and generous with your praise.

There is an obvious difference between a genuine remark and a thoughtless statement meant to patronize or falsely elevate. While you may want to say something nice to another person, find something that is genuine to comment on.

5. A compliment is good manners.

Your mother taught you if you don’t have something nice to say, say nothing at all. But, why not find something positive in every situation and give kudos to those that made the experience possible? Looking at the glass half empty isn’t as rewarding as looking at the glass half full.

6. Don’t miss an opportunity.

7. A compliment wields great possibility.

It shows respect, admiration, approval, gratitude, trust, appreciation, and hope. One of the most generous things you can do in your life is to give someone else a true and meaningful compliment.

We encourage you to start with the next person you encounter.