How To Give Effective Praise
Who doesn’t like being praised for a job well done?
No one that I can think of. It gives you that boost of confidence. Puts a little pep in your step. Brings a smile to your face.
If it’s done properly.
What? Praise can be given ineffectively? Yes, yes it can. When it’s fake praise.
I’m sure you’ve encountered it. I have.
A manager tells you “Good job” but you know they don’t mean it. A friend gives an offbeat “Atta boy. Keep at it” when they don’t even know what you do.
This kind of praise can sting a bit. It feels hollow. It comes across as manipulative.
If you’re sincere, praise is effective. If you’re insincere, it’s manipulative.
— Zig Ziglar
I know you don’t want to give that kind of manipulative praise. You want to give effective praise. Praise that warms the heart of others.