The Power of Sincere Appreciation and Compliments


Showing appreciation and offering compliments can be a game-changer in personal and professional relationships. Here are some tips and insights from classic book "How to Win Friends and Influence” on using this powerful tool in a business setting:

Start With Genuine Interest

The first step in showing appreciation and offering compliments is to develop a genuine interest in the people around you. Take the time to understand their perspectives, goals, and challenges. Ask questions and listen actively to what they have to say. It will provide valuable insights that can help you tailor your compliments and appreciation.

Be Specific

When offering compliments, be specific about what you appreciate. Vague or general compliments can come across as insincere or even manipulative. Instead, focus on specific behaviors, actions, or achievements that you admire. For example, "I was impressed by the thoroughness of your report."

Timing Is Key

Timing is everything when it comes to offering compliments and appreciation. Don't wait too long to acknowledge someone's efforts or achievements. Offer praise as soon as possible after the event. This will not only make the recipient feel valued and appreciated, but it will also reinforce the behavior you want to encourage.

Be Authentic

Be authentic when offering compliments and appreciation. Don't offer praise just for the sake of it or because you want something in return. People can tell when compliments are insincere, and it can damage trust and credibility. Instead, focus on genuine appreciation and be specific about what you admire.

Spread Positivity

Don't limit your compliments and appreciation to individuals who report directly to you or with whom you work closely. Spread positivity and offer compliments to everyone in your organization. This can help create a more positive and supportive culture and inspire others to do the same.


This article is part of our Business Coaching blog series. At Dataczar we talk to a lot of small businesses. We’ve found a few books that we keep recommending time and again. To better help our customers, we’ve added a Reading List for Small Businesses to our website. We encourage every small business owner to read and keep these timeless business books on their office shelf.