I suck at dealing with compliments.
Straight up, when I say “compliments” I don't mean that disrespectful drivel yelled at you through the rolled down window of a beaten up car by a guy who thinks that just because you’re walking down a public street he is entitled to comment on your body or the way you walk or your human existence. Instead, I mean polite and genuine praise or affection delivered in a respectful manner.
Over the years I have developed and road tested various techniques to combat the compliment
These are a few of my favourites:
THE COMPLIMENT HOT POTATO: Like herpes you can't catch what you don't have - so, when someone gives you a compliment pass it on immediately
Them: I really liked your interview the other day! What an amazing story you told!
Me: Well, it was actually Christina who told me about the story and John was such good talent that I didn't really have to do much and Neil helped me with the editing and Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone allowing it all to happen and on the 6th day God invented man
THE COMPLIMENT BOOMERANG: Treat that compliment like a wrongly addressed envelope and return it straight back to its sender
THEM: I really like the way you've done your hair today!
ME: (quickly glances at their shoes) I like your shoes!
THE COMPLIMENT DEBATE: If the state of world affairs has taught us anything it's that conflict is always the answer. Channel your inner Palestinian West Berlin Protestant and don't take yes for an answer
THEM: You look really nice today - that dress really suits you!
ME: No, it really clings around my thighs and I feel the length is too short
THEM: No, you really can't tell! You should wear dresses like that more often!
ME: So, what are you trying to say about the style of my other dresses?
THEM: No, I didn't mean it like that
ME: Well, how did you mean it...
*** Debate only ends with legislation to erect a wall***
THE COMPLIMENT WATER DOWN: As a species, we human know that like a tequila shot everything is more palatable with a chaser to wash it down
THEM: I really liked the way you spoke up in the meeting
ME: Oh, it wasn't a big deal. You would have done the same had I not said it first... Actually, did I cut you off? I'm so sorry about that .
However, what I'm beginning to learn is that there is a much more effective way to deal with compliments. It's pretty ground breaking so, you might need to sit down...
Say "thank you".