Last month, NOI published a tip of the day called “Give a compliment sandwich.”
I think that’s bad advice, and wrote the following reply (which has since been removed from their site, along with the other comments).
I hate compliment sandwiches. They give me indigestion. As soon as I receive an email (or a phone call) that begins with an unsolicited, unrelated compliment, it immediately sets my bullshit detector to high. I know I’m about to get his with a compliment sandwich.
if you need to tell me something, have enough respect for me that you won’t waste my time by forcing me to read a bunch of nonsense designed to make you feel better about yourself.
Mark Suster wrote a great piece called “Why I’d Rather Err on the Side of Direct Feedback Than Pleasantries.”
Read his other posts:
Lastly, read Kelly Williams Brown’s “Say what is on your mind without eight layers of filter.”