04 Mar Presentation Tips for saying “Thank you” at Work
But, how do I use public speaking best practices to give thanks in the workplace?
1. I specifically mention the behavior I like, “Thanks for those numbers. I can always count on you (the pun is a bonus).”
2. After a meeting: “I appreciate how you keep bringing us back to the big picture, the long view.”
3. Particularly praise leaders’ presentation skills – my clients tell me it actually is lonely at the top. Say, “That was a difficult message but you delivered it with compassion so it didn’t throw us as much as it might have. Thank you.”
Big Rule: No false praise. Even people you do not like or respect have some good qualities or traits. “You bring the best donuts!” “You always look elegant.”
I do not praise the person generically, “You are a nice person, you are a good person.” It doesn’t indicate the behavior I would like repeated (a la behavior modification!).
Your Forever Public Speaking Coach,