How To Give Praise

Entrepreneur magazine's February 2012 issue offered these great, timeless tips on how to give praise:
  • Praise followed by criticism is not praise.
  • Praise followed by praise is probably a little too much praise.
  • Ending an expression of praise with "...and stuff" nullifies the praise.
  • Make it timely. The closer the recognition is to the behavior, the more likely the behavior will be repeated.
  • Be sincere. Be impromptu. 
  • Remember, a handwritten note is worth more than a gift card.
Having trouble writing your handwritten note of praise? Try this template to get you started:
  • _______, I couldn't be more impressed with how you______.  Not only did you____, but you_______.  Beautiful. Thanks, ________


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