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Complimenting Others Will Boost Your Confidence

Posted August 20, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Life After Five

Confidence. It’s a word that carries a lot of weight. Being confident in yourself, and having others describe you as confident means you are self-assured, likely outgoing, easy to talk to, and respected. It’s a word that has deeper meaning no matter where you use it. But how can you build your confidence? Or if you’re already confident, how can you increase your confidence in the right ways to make yourself stronger and more effective?

The website Addicted2Success answered just this question with “9 Confidence Building Techniques That Will Help You Ace Anything.” And while all of their techniques are valuable, the one we want to talk about today is something you might not have thought about previously.

Compliment Others Often: Get in the mindset of thinking positive. This will allow you to see the good in people and compliment them on their strong points. So how is this going to help boost your self-esteem? Well, when you compliment others you are ten times more likely to get a sincere compliment in return. This will reinforce your strong points and push your positive characteristics to the fore front of your self assurance. Go easy on the compliments though, you don’t want to come across as a groupie.

Think about that. Complimenting others can build your confidence? Sure it can. Let’s dig a bit deeper:

  • Teaching yourself to see the best in others and regularly compliment them will give you the ability to see the best in you and give yourself credit where credit is due.
  • Complimenting others sincerely builds your relationship with those individuals. Stronger personal relationships will make you more confident in yourself, especially as you surround yourself with those who make you feel better.
  • Complimenting others is a lesson in authenticity. You can’t dole out compliments if you don’t really believe them, and if you try, you will likely fail. It will quickly show you the difference between authentic and inauthentic.

Go ahead, Career Girls, compliment away. Whether it’s someone’s skirt or shoes or leadership style, they’ll love to hear it and your confidence might just go up because you’re complimenting others.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."