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How to Say ‘Good Job!’ in Plain English

December 7, 2010

There are many things to admire about the British, the most obvious being their attractive accents, which somehow make them sound much smarter and far more commanding than their American colleagues. It doesn’t matter how disheveled their appearance might be, or how dry the subject is, those darn accents can captivate even the most insolent audience.

Aside from that, another thing I greatly appreciate about the Brits is their great facility for doling out words of praise. This doesn’t come so easy to us Americans, as we’d rather avoid giving our employees or co-workers too much praise for fear that they may get a big head, or suddenly ask for an inappropriate raise, or get promoted behind our backs and then take advantage of us later. No, we’d rather keep it to ourselves and keep those people in their places.

But the English seem to have freely mastered the art of accolades.

For instance, upon completion of the most mundane and insignificant task, my British colleague will go so far as to tell me I’m brilliant. Not just, “Okay, thanks,” or “Hmmphh,” but he suddenly endows me with brilliance, a quality generally reserved for Nobel Prize winners and virtuoso concert masters.

To continue reading, be a good chap and click here to see the full post over the The High Calling.

Photo by Roy T., used with permission.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2010 9:42 am

    I just had my end of year appraisal and although i work in the communications department, the adjectives were lacking.

  2. December 10, 2010 12:21 pm

    I commented over at The High Calling… I really like this post! Encouragement is something I love to ponder upon… And hopefully carry out in life!

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