How to Accept A Compliment

Etiquette: How To Accept A Compliment

As published in Azalea Magazine  Spring 2017.

We all like to be noticed and acknowledged for our accomplishments; but many times, when thanks or recognition does come our way, we tend to fumble the receipt.

Keep these tips in mind the next time you are honored with recognition:

Say thank you. When you receive a compliment, be it big or small, a simple “Thank you” is the most modest and graceful way to acknowledge the praise. If you have difficulty accepting compliments, it is okay to stop right there.

Express appreciation.  If a compliment is particularly heartwarming or special to you, perhaps follow up your “Thank you” with “I appreciate your kind words.” It is perfectly acceptable to tell the giver what the compliment means to you, how it makes you feel, or why you value it.

Be modest. We should never brag following a compliment. Even in jest, this type response can come across as conceited.

Never contradict. Avoid phrases like, “Oh, it’s no big deal,” or “Thanks, but it was nothing.” When you downplay, deflect, or deny a compliment you are devaluing the person who gave you the praise.

Recognize others when appropriate. If you are being complimented on a group effort be sure to point out the contributions of others. Respond with something such as, “We all put in a lot of effort; thank you for acknowledging our hard work.”

Do not feel compelled to return the favor. There is no need to offer a matching complement. Doing so may come across as insincere and is not the most effective way to accept praise.

Receiving compliments is a talent worth perfecting. Bottom-line is, to accept a compliment only requires a smile and a “Thank you.”








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