The Art of Thank You

I take criticism better than I take praise. This is something I need to work on.

The past two weeks I’ve visited with three universities (Elmhurst College, Pfeiffer University, Wingate University) that have used Where Am I Wearing in their common reading programs. More than once after being introduced I stepped to the mic and said something like, “I need you to introduce me to my wife and daughter each time I walk in my house.”

I reward a very thoughtful introduction with an attempt to capitalize on a few light chuckles. Here’s Deb Burris introducing me at Pfeiffer…


The correct response to an introduction like this is simple: thank you.

I worked my butt off to make Where Am I Wearing the best book I could make it. I’m absolutely honored that I get the chance to reach students and readers across the country. Introductions like Deb’s are validations of that hard work and I need to accept them with the graciousness and appreciation with which they are given.

How do you take praise?

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Kyle Timmerman says:

Very cool! I love how you treat us to a shot of your mug right before you go up to speak. . .

Let your voice be heard!