How to Take a Compliment

Although compliments are meant to be uplifting, receiving compliments can be nerve wracking when you’re unsure how to respond to them. This video will focus on how to respond to compliments in a positive and uplifting way.


· How is giving a compliment like giving a gift?

· How can I respond to compliments in a positive way?

· In what ways can you own and accept compliments?

· Why is important to not brush off compliments others give to you?

· If you feel uncomfortable about receiving compliments, how can you change your perspective?


Communication is everywhere, but do you know how to effectively communicate? My name is Jill Schiefelbein with Impromptu Guru and these 60 second videos will help you communicate well.

Have you ever given someone a compliment and they just kind of brushed it off and you felt bad? Well when someone gives you a compliment or when you give someone else a compliment, it’s like giving a gift. And just like if you tried to give someone a gift for their birthday and they said “Ehh, I don’t want that”, you’d feel pretty crummy. Well don’t make other people feel that way.

When people give you compliments own them, accept them, and respond positively. For example, if I say “Hey Scott, I like your shirt”, you shouldn’t say “Oh, well it’s no big deal. I just got it on clearance somewhere”. Instead, say “Thank you, I really like it too” or “Thank you Jill, I really appreciate that you noticed it.” There are so many more positive ways to respond to that then brushing that compliment aside. But some of us are just very uncomfortable taking compliments. So when you take a compliment remember it this way. It’s not intended to make you feel uncomfortable, it’s intended to make you feel positive about yourself and that positive reinforcement is important.

So allow your friends, allow your family, and allow total strangers to give you a compliment and own it. Let it be part of you.


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