Thu 3 Jan 2008
Flattery will get you everywhere. Giving praise is often neglected. When was the last time you took the time to call someone to thank them about a service they performed for you? Or, in this generation, emailed a nice testimonial?
It helps negotiate: Flattery is infantry on the march for negotiation. Actually it is the best, and oldest, trick in the book to bag the best deals while shopping.
It breaks the ice: Sometimes, a little flattery goes a long way in getting to know new people. Surprising how much nicer people can get when their ego is pampered.
It lifts spirits: When a friend has a bad hair day or is feeling down, a bit of flattery does the trick. Instantly,it makes him/her feel better.
The queue moves: In a supermarket on a Friday evening, a little flattery can help you jump the queue and stave off varicose veins.
Makes light of excess baggage: A minor compliment accompanied with a smile could help you save some precious dollars at the airport!
Gets help when the tyre goes flat: A damsel in distress plus a little flattery. Result? A good samaritan to help and the happy prospect of keeping freshly manicured nails in tip top condition.
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Reduces muscle strain at the baggage claim: You can get help for lifting off your heavy suitcases with the aid of flattery, especially if you’re not travelling light.
Peace and happiness with in-laws: Pay your mother-in-law that all-important compliment on her culinary skills and watch those brownie points jump right off the scale.
Lunch break remains yummy: When you visit any public office for a minor task during your lunch break, a smile and some sweetness can help you get back to work on time.
Spouse wows! Flattery at full throttle with your spouse is pure investment. Just guard from going OTT (over the top).