Posts Tagged ‘compliment’

Say It Now

October 18, 2013

offering-flower-to-elderly-womanNext time you’re at work, in church or at a neighborhood gathering, look around at all the people who surround you. You’re probably good friends with some of them and are acquainted with everyone else to varying degrees.

Now imagine if one of them unexpectedly left this world. Chances are you’d wish that you had offered them a kind word or a genuine compliment when you had the chance. Instead, those words were left unspoken because you just weren’t comfortable or confident enough to speak them.

Don’t let that happen. Starting right now, be (more…)

“You’re Really Good at What You Do”

October 26, 2010

At the post office today, I was helped by a clerk who has always been unfailingly courteous, professional and friendly. Her articulate English and Chinese accent told me that she’d worked hard to learn the language and make a life for herself in a foreign country, a difficult and often under-appreciated accomplishment and one that I cannot even begin to imagine tackling myself.

As she handed me my change, I told her, “You know, I’ve been (more…)

Go Ahead, Make Their Day!

July 8, 2009

two-women-talking-and-smilingMore than a decade ago, I was one of many writers at a Minneapolis catalog company. One of the art directors there, an older fellow, was a bit quirky and not very social. One day, I called out to him as he passed by my cubicle. I had just been paired with him on an assignment for the first time and I had been impressed with his work ethic. When he stopped and turned toward me, I said, “Jim, I just wanted to say I appreciate your conscientiousness. I enjoyed working with you because you weren’t satisfied until everything was as perfect as you could make it.”

For a moment, he was silent. When he had regained his composure, he thanked me and said that his father had taught him to always give his very best effort. I got the impression that no one had ever complimented him quite like that before and that my two simple sentences carried more weight than I could imagine.

Let’s turn the tables. How would you feel if (more…)