Q: What is the best way to accept a compliment?
A: Accept a compliment quickly and directly, while maintaining eye-contact. Have a response prepared ahead of time which indicates, without seeming boastful, that you believe the compliment is true.
Try practicing some of these phrases:
- "Yes! Thank you for the compliment. Ha ha!"
- "Yes! Any time you need a leader. Ha ha!"
- "Yes! Time is the faceless goddess. Ha ha!"
In a news story that was later retracted, the Tehran Times reported that Iran and Iraq complimented each other after the fall of Sadam Heussein. Can you imagine what the compliments might have been? What are some of the best compliments you can think of, for a similar situation? Be prepared.