I’ve been delivering a one day Leadership Essentials program for the human enterprise for about a year now.
One of the features of the program is pointing out what people are doing right.
We touch on compliments, and ask people to do a short exercise where they compliment each other (sincerely). They find it difficult for several reasons:
- they feel awkward complimenting a stranger
- they feel awkward being complimented by a stranger
- they don’t know how to accept a compliment
Generally I suggest they accept a compliment by saying “Thank you”.
So I appreciated this opinion piece on how to accept a compliment.
In the context of the training program I know that it’s NOT as a conversation starter that we give compliments, and in the context of the world, I’m on board with the author of this piece that it’s a conversation starter and rapport builder.