Off-topic: In praise of praise

A complimentary experience.

When I eventually mustered enough courage to go to an acting class several years ago, and began to rekindle a passion long left dormant, I learnt a powerful lesson which still stays with me today. It's not theatrical, it's something I apply across my entire life, and it's not a hack for getting ahead. It's simple and honest.

It is... complimenting people, and learning to take a compliment by saying "thank you" in return. Gah! You wouldn't believe the mental turmoil I went through revealing that, as if it were some great secret. There on the page it looks faintly ridiculous. Complimenting people and saying thank you - what are you on, Bertie?

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Robert Purchese

Robert Purchese

Senior Staff Writer  |  Clert

Bertie is senior staff writer and Eurogamer's Poland-and-dragons correspondent. He's part of the furniture here, a friendly chair, and reports on all kinds of things, the stranger the better.

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