Give Personal Compliments or Praise • Letter Templates and Guide

Guide

1Mention the reason why you are complimenting or praising the reader.
2Acknowledge positive personal qualities or special efforts.
3Convey confidence in the reader or express appreciation.

Tips

A letter demonstrates a special effort to express a compliment, and also provides a tangible reminder of the praise. Keep the tone personal and sincere.

Example Letter #1

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I will always remember your willingness to help me during my time of need. It takes a very special person to leave her important work on short notice and come to the aid of a neighbor. Your example is a wonderful lesson to us all. Please accept my sincere thanks.

Example Letter #2

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My compliments on the way you conducted the division meeting this morning. I was surprised by the number of people who were opposed to the consolidation of our departments, but you handled the controversy remarkably well. You have an enviable ability to stay cool and help opposing parties reach agreement. It is a pleasure to work with you. Thanks for helping us all find the best solution.

Example Letter #3

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When John had his automobile accident last month, many of us offered to help while he was convalescing at home. Our efforts made a difference because you took the time to organize volunteers for specific tasks on specific days. I admire your willingness, energy, and organizational abilities. Everyone in the neighborhood joins with me in thanking you for what you did. Your example has been a great lesson for us.