How to take a compliment (was RE: R-E-S-P-E-C-T me! (Please!) )

Subject: How to take a compliment (was RE: R-E-S-P-E-C-T me! (Please!) )
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2006 12:20:14 -0600

Snip #1:

> it is the only one I can think of). For example, a
> developer complimented me
> the other day by saying I was very good at my job and a
> "real asset", unlike
> most technical writers that he has worked with who really
> didn't know
> anything. I replied that I am probably no better than any
> other technical
> writer he has worked with in the past, he just didn't take
> the time to work
> with them, and it took me months to get him to understand
> what I do. He just
> shrugged. SIGH :)

I suspect that's the last time he'll try to compliment your work.

Snip #2:

> When I created my first help file for them, one of the
> developers looked at it and said, "Wow! That looks
> professional!" I wanted to say, "Is your code amateurish?"
> or, "What do you think they pay me for? Cleaning out the
> refrigerator?"

I hope you smiled and said, "Why, thanks!" instead.

General rule: When someone compliments you, thank them. Don't insult,
belittle, or attack them.

As Dick said:

> This is not rocket science. It's basic Dale Carnegie. If you
> feel people don't respect you, don't blame them; they're just
> reacting to the persona you present.


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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