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Peer Evaluation – How to Compliment Fellow Medical Students and Residents

Posted by medliorator on April 26, 2010

Chris Birk

1. Be Specific
Detail is …the heart of a great compliment.  Hone in on a specific achievement or aspect and focus your words on that. A vague, generalized comment that can be recycled throughout the day …lacks real meaning because of its cookie-cutter nature.
Specific compliments have lasting power. So do those that favor character over objects or outward appearance. They indicate that you’ve truly taken stock of a person and their attributes and, in turn, compressed those thoughts into a value judgment.

2. Be Genuine

Sincerity is a byproduct of genuine belief or emotion.  To toss up a compliment because of social convention or circumstance is to speak without real meaning.  Writing about the art of compliments for Esquire magazine, Tom Chiarella summed it up perfectly: “If a worthwhile compliment needs anything, it is the weight of realization behind it.”

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