The yearlong program is designed to help people navigate social media effectively, while reminding people to be respectful when using social media platforms and in every day interactions with others.

Speak Your Peace shifts gears to empowerment through praise
ST. ROBERT, Mo. (May 1, 2017) -- The “Speak Your Peace Civility Project” continues with “Accepting and Giving Praise” as May’s theme.
The yearlong program, which kicked off in January by the Waynesville-St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce, is designed to help people navigate social media effectively, while reminding people to be respectful when using social media platforms and in every day interactions with others.
“During the first four months of 2017, we looked at ways to ‘Be Informed’ on social media, and in everyday conversation,” Sean Wilson, the program’s chairman, said. “Now, beginning in May through the month of August, the program gives us a chance to ‘Be Empowered.’”
“This month we will talk about the empowering value of praise,” Wilson said. “The small effort it takes to properly give and accept praise, can make all the difference in the world.”
“The power of praise can deepen a friendship, repair a bond, and ensure another person knows what they mean to you,” he added. “The right words of praise can be so encouraging. Try it.”
Cecilia Murray, Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce executive director, said the chamber plans to post interactive reminders each week to their Facebook page.
“We encourage people to visit our page for tutorials, open discussion and success stories,” Murray said. “The program is a great way for parents and families to strengthen their communication and prepare their children to become successful communicators.”
For Speak Your Peace updates, visit the chamber’s Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/WaynesvilleStRobertChamber/.
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Facebook posts:
1: The right words of praise can be so encouraging, but bland, empty praise is meaningless. When giving praise: be specific; praise sincerely: it’s a rare situation where you can’t identify something that is praiseworthy; and never offer praise and ask for a favor in the same conversation because it makes the praise seem like a set-up.
2: The importance of accepting and giving praise starts right in our own back yard. The power of praise can deepen a friendship, repair a bond, and ensure another person knows what they mean to you. Try it.
3. When someone gives you praise do you become speechless? Here are some ideas on handling praise with grace:
1. One option is to simply say, “Thank you,” or “Thank you, that’s very kind of you,” or “Thank you, I appreciate the compliment.” Don't try to one-up a compliment.
2. Never undermine the compliment. Avoid phrases like, “Oh, it’s no big deal,” or “Thanks, but it was nothing.” When you downplay a compliment, you may feel that you're showing humility. Instead, it may make the person who gave you the compliment feel personally rejected.
3. Share the credit. If the compliment is in regards to a team effort, acknowledge the contributions of your colleagues. For example: “We all put in a lot of effort; thank you for acknowledging our hard work.”