Practical Tuesday / Compliment Targeting

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It’s Practical Tuesday. The inspiration for this Tuesday’s practicality comes to us from my favorite song of Kanye West’s new album, Graduation. I quote him, “If you admire somebody you should go on ahead tell ’em. People never get the flowers while they can still smell ’em.”

I sometimes feel weird complimenting a person on what they are wearing, but I know that it makes almost anybody feel good. So here is what I suggest: instead of saying something like,

“I like your shoes”

try saying this instead,

“Great shoe choice.”

This puts the compliment back on the person, not on an article of clothing manufactured 6,000 miles away. You can apply this to lots of things other than just wardrobe. I guess I’m saying that it really pays to make a compliment as specific to the person as possible.

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5 Responses to “Practical Tuesday / Compliment Targeting”

  1. hannah Says:

    i like this. i also think you made an excellent shoe choice on sunday.

  2. brett Says:

    any advice that can have a kanye tie-in is at least worth thinking about.

  3. maureen Says:

    Toby, you make those canvas pants look gooooooood.

  4. Sage Says:

    What is a Kanye West? Is that like a Nor’easter?

  5. Igford Says:

    Toby, you give good advice here. Thanks.

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