Are You Taking Compliments Well? Or Overreacting About Someone’s Praises?

February 4th, 2016

If you’re like most people, you work hard each day because you want to be good at your job — not because you’re waiting for someone to compliment your efforts. However, it’s always great to be called out when you’ve exceeded expectations or simply excel in a certain area.

Receiving praise from others is an immediate ego boost. It makes you feel special and provides you with the self-assurance of knowing that other people think you’re talented. While you should definitely feel proud of these kind remarks, it’s also important not to let them go to your head. Don’t let another person’s applauses make you lose sight of who you are and what you want from your career.

How to Gracefully Accept a Compliment

Use these four tips to respond in an elegant manner when someone sings your praises:

Show Gratitude

When someone pays you a compliment, “thank you” is the first thing you should say. This is a simple way to show your sincere appreciation for the kind words. People are never obliged to give you praise, so you should always appreciate it — no matter how accomplished you are.

Take Responsibility

Playing down an achievement and pretending it’s nothing is a common response to praise. If you’re guilty of this, it’s time to stop this reaction immediately! You’re a talented person who should never sell yourself short. Also, rejecting the compliment is insulting to the giver and makes them feel uncomfortable.

Acknowledge Your Team

If your team played a role in the accolades you received, be sure to recognize their efforts. You don’t want to be known as the person who does some of the work and takes all of the credit. Plus, sharing the praise with others makes you appear humble and shows how much you respect your colleagues.

Send the Right Nonverbal Cues

The body language you display when receiving a compliment can send an even stronger message than your words, so be cognizant of that. When thanking someone for their flattering remarks, look them directly in the eyes, uncross your arms and smile. This lets them know that you’re truly grateful for the kind words and really value their opinion.

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