July 10, 2009

Giving Better Praise

Ombuds often coach individuals to improve interpersonal relationships by increasing the amount of positive feedback they give. Author Gretchen Rubin has a great summary of how to give better praise:
  1. Be specific
  2. Find a way to praise sincerely
  3. Never offer praise and ask for a favor in the same conversation
  4. Don’t over-praise
  5. Look for something less obvious to praise
  6. Don’t hesitate to praise people who get a lot of praise already
  7. Praise people behind their backs
  8. Beware when a person asks for your honest opinion
  9. Don’t damn with faint praise
Her blog is an excellent resource for mindful living. (The Happiness Blog.)

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