How to Pay Anyone a Compliment Without Sounding Insincere

Who doesn’t enjoy hearing that they did great work? Sure, you might respond awkwardly on occasion, but considering how nice it is to receive compliments, you’d assume it’d be pretty easy to dole out.

And yet—it’s not.

And that’s usually because you want to avoid coming off like a suck up. You don’t want to tell your boss you admire something she did, only to have her think you’re a teacher’s pet. You don’t want to tell your colleague he did something great, and have him assume you’re trying to get a lead role in his project. And you don’t want any direct reports thinking you’re trying to be the cool boss.

So, how can you praise others in a professional setting and strike the right note? Keep these tips in mind:

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