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Reacting to positive feedback

Posted May 11, 2017 by Mathieu Chiasson


Small gestures get recognize. When someone around you does a little something special for you, I sure hope you thank them for their attention and service.

Other times you do those little things for others and receive that little praise. Bizarrely, we often don't know how to respond to that kind of positive feedback.

A lot of times we end up brushing it off with statements like...

"Ah, don't worry about it, it was nothing."

or

"Bah. You'd do the same."

or even worst...

"No worries, I was going to do it anyway."

What a way to tell the other they're not important and that their nice comment don't really matter to us. I know what you're thinking... I don't want to brag or sound arrogant. It's fine to be modest but brushing away positive comments like this will make the other person feel a bit disappointed.

There's one simple way to respond and that's by saying...

"Thank you."

That's all. If you feel inspired you can even go the extra mile with...

"Thanks, it was a pleasure."

There's no need for further explanations. This simple responds let them know you're thankful that they noticed your effort and that you appreciate their positive feedback.

Now go do someone a favor so that you can practice this little trick.

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