English at Work - Giving Praise

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Giving compliments and praising

giving compliments

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When you compliment someone they are sometimes embarrassed.

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Paul has called Tom and Anna into room 301, the place where difficult conversations happen. Perhaps Paul has found out about yesterday's unhappy clients
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Here are some of the words and phrases you will hear:

Well done. You handled it well. Great job. I'm really impressed.

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In the UK, when you compliment someone they often respond with an amusing comment such as 'What are you after?' which means 'What do you want from me?'. Or alternatively they will return the compliment.Why do you think they do this? What happens in your country?