Recognise This! – Praise is easy to give, but harder to do “right.”

Occasionally I’ll see a theme running through the emails and feeds I receive. This week, there was no missing the theme on how to praise others.

Giving praise seems like such a simple thing, yet so often it’s done poorly, if at all. These tips from experts I respect give good guidance. Click through on the links for more details directly from the source.

Top 5 Ways NOT To Praise People from The Chief Happiness Officer, Alexander Kjerulf

  1. Obligatory praise
  2. Sarcastic praise
  3. Praise mixed with criticism
  4. Praising some – ignoring others
  5. Trivial praise

Praise: The Most Potent Reward from Wally Bock, Three-Star Leadership

  1. Praise the praiseworthy
  2. Praise a lot
  3. Praise promptly
  4. Praise comfortably

Powerful Praise: Words to Use from Karen Hurt, Let’s Grow Leaders

This last list I consider to be more of a praise-starter, if you will. Continue the thought started with these phrases to make the praise and recognition more meaningful. For example:

Taking a bit of extra time and giving just a little more effort can make your praise far more powerful, personal and impactful to the person you are praising. It’s worth it.

What kind of praise do you prefer to receive? How do you typically give praise? What are your praise tips – both what not to do and how to praise better?

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