How to praise without looking like a flatterer
Receiving compliments at work is great, isn’t it? However, it’s not always easy to give praise. The possibility of sounding like a sycophant who just wants to ingratiate himself with the boss is great. But with the right form, it is possible to speak well of others’ work. Consider this:
How to praise the boss
First of all, it’s important to know that there is nothing wrong with praising the boss’s work. The problem is when the praise is not sincere. Why say that the presentation to the client was excellent if in reality your opinion is different? Now, when your boss teaches you something – directly or by example – that’s when sincere praise is worthwhile. When you share with your manager that you are learning from him, it will surely please him and show him that you are acquiring new skills.
How to praise a co-worker
The cautions here are not to praise in a judgmental, authoritative tone, and not to make empty comments. A good suggestion is to praise by showing that you have your co-worker as an example. Saying, for example, that you always take notes in his presentations because he knows how to attract people’s attention is an excellent alternative.
How to praise a staff member
Staff members need constructive and meaningful feedback in order for them to develop. Find the right moments and let the employee know directly when he or she has exceeded management’s expectations.
How to praise someone in your network
When praising someone in your network, especially if they are someone who is well known in their field, be careful not to come across as flattering. Therefore, if you want to give a compliment, offer some of your knowledge in return. That will make a difference. When commenting on something that person wrote on their social network for example, tell them that you liked the text or opinion and include something else. It could be a book you read recently that relates to the topic, additional information, etc.