You may have finished a presentation, given a speech,or even hosted a party. And, you were GREAT! It Rocked and it was such a success! And, people are trying to give you praise, thank you and even applaud.
Do you say ‘oh gee it was nothing’
Do you say ‘gee, it wasn’t that hard ~ anyone could do it’
Do you shrink from it by physical turning away perhaps even blushing?
Do you cross your arms in front of you deflecting the praise away from you?
Do you even giggle?
Not accepting the praise diminishes the effect of the job you did. If you do this, some may find you conceited. Some might find you unapproachable.And, in fact, not accepting the praise doesn’t allow the person or people who are offering it to GIVE what they want to to you.
Your words are important but sometimes ~especially in the case of a speech ~ can not be heard. In this case, how you hold yourself is very important. Here are a few nonverbal clues you can use to show your appreciation
Praise also allows you to see the job you’ve done. In the end, it doesn’t matter the kind of praise that you get from others really. What matters most is the kind of praise you give yourself. Giving yourself the kind of praise other’s gives you is important. It is important even critical to growing in personal strength. This kind of positive, well-deserved praise bolsters self-confidence, that allows you to move forward and take the next step toward your success.
Think back to the last time you were given praise. How did you accept it?