Content marketing: Telling Meaningful Stories

Somebody giving you a compliment should be followed by just a “thank you”

Christoph Trappe

November 26, 2015


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What do many of us say when somebody gives us a compliment?

We start explaining how others helped or how it’s not as great as it should be, yet.

“Congratulations, for being fit Christoph.”

“Thank you, but you know I actually gained some weight.”

Or I might deflect the credit to my wife who cooks healthy meals.

“Thank you, but it’s all on her because she’s cooking such healthy meals.”

Stop the urge to want to explain everything or deflect credit.

Don’t explain anything away. Don’t ask them to fill out a survey to give you more feedback. Just take it for what it’s worth. Enjoy the moment and the niceness of a compliment.

Somebody makes a sincere compliment – and maybe we should just assume that most are sincere – we should just say one thing:

“Thank you so much. I appreciate it.”

And don’t forget to pay it forward and hand out your own compliments to others.


Christoph Trappe

Hello and thanks for stopping by. I'm Christoph Trappe and I'm the Vice President of Content Marketing Strategy, Americas, at ScribbleLive, which is based in Toronto and is a global content marketing software company. Before I started at ScribbleLive I was VP of Content Marketing and Conversion at MedTouch, a Boston-based company that helps healthcare organizations with digital marketing. I've written two books, speak at conferences around the globe and blog frequently on here. I love sharing my stories and helping organizations share theirs. If you need help, just visit the Contact Me page in the navigation and drop me a note. I'm always happy to chat! Thanks for reading! - Christoph 319-389-9853

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