Noun- an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration: A sincere compliment boosts one’s morale.
Verb (used with an object)- to pay a compliment to: She complimented a colleague on his recent presentation.
When was the last time you were complimented? If it was authentic (not given by a teenager followed by a request for cash) I suspect you felt encouraged. And how about the last time you complimented someone else? That feels pretty good, too. It seems to me that most of the time, however, we are noticing what could be better, and making comments about work that is lacking.
It’s not just you and I that need to consider when, where and how to give out compliments–everyone is reminded on World Compliment Day, which is March 1st.
Go to the World Compliment Day website http://www.worldcomplimentday.info/ where you can email or print an official award certificate to the person you want to compliment, or download a free poster. “A sincere and personal compliment costs nothing, but the impact on the recipient is huge,” says Hans Poortvliet, the driving force behind the annual event. “Nothing stimulates more, gives more energy, makes people happier and, as far as business is concerned, increases productivity and commitment faster than sincere appreciation. So, why not use it a little bit more?”
Why not use it a bit more? Why not start this Friday? Pay attention to the people around you and speak up when you notice an attitude or action that you admire or appreciate. Be specific. Be genuine. Watch this one minute video if you need ideas:
Everyone could use a few kind words, why not let them come from you?