101 Ways to Say "Excellent!"
Courtesy of Arzella Dirksen, Founder, HelpCenter 4, KCNC Television
Blackboard Showing 'Very Good'
  During a recession in Denver, unemployment was high. The local NBC news affiliate, KCNC, brought us into the nightly TV broadcasts to sponsor a call-in night for job hunters. I took eight or ten CareerLab® consultants and human resources executives to the station, and we answered questions on camera. Each night I did a standup with the reporter to describe our purpose. This was great publicity for us, and a wonderful community service.

The event was held in the HelpCenter, a community outreach founded by Arzella Dirksen, one of the first such programs in the nation. The idea was that viewers could call in with a wide array of consumer questions, and Arzella's army of volunteers tried to help. Arzella invented this list of 101 Ways to Say "Excellent!" and posted it by each workstation.

It's not complete, by any means, but it's a good start toward inspiring yourself and everyone around you: family, friends, co-workers, even strangers. Take it for what it's worth, pass it around, and add any kudos or praise that's missing.

  • Youíre on the right track now!
  • Youíve got it made.
  • SUPER!
  • Thatís right!
  • Thatís good.
  • Youíre really working hard today.
  • You are very good at that.
  • Thatís coming along nicely.
  • Iím happy to see you working
    like that.
  • Thatís much, much better!
  • Exactly right.
  • Iím proud of the way you worked
  • Youíre doing that much better today.
  • Youíve just about got it.
  • Thatís the best youíve ever done.
  • Youíre doing a good job.
  • THATíS IT!
  • Now youíve figured it out.
  • Thatís quite an improvement.
  • GREAT!
  • I knew you could do it.
  • Congratulations!
  • Not bad.
  • Keep working on it.
    Youíre improving.
  • Now you have it!
  • You are learning fast.
  • Good for you!
  • Couldnít have done it better myself.
  • Arenít you proud of yourself?
  • One more time and youíll have it.
  • You really make my job fun.
  • Thatís the right way to do it.
  • Youíre getting better every day.
  • You did it that time!
  • Thatís not half bad.
  • Nice going.
  • You havenít missed a thing!
  • WOW!
  • Thatís the way!
  • Keep up the good work.
  • Nothing can stop you now.
  • Thatís the way to do it.
  • Youíve got your brain in gear today.
  • Thatís better.
  • That was first class work.
  • Thatís the best ever.
  • Youíve just about mastered it.
  • Thatís better than ever.
  • Much better!
  • You must have been practicing.
  • You did that very well.
  • FINE!
  • Nice going.
  • Youíre really going to town.
  • Thatís how to handle that.
  • Now thatís what I call a fine job.
  • Thatís great.
  • Right on!
  • Youíre really improving.
  • Youíre doing beautifully!
  • Good remembering.
  • Youíve got that down pat.
  • You certainly did well today.
  • Keep it up!
  • Congratulations. You got it right!
  • You did a lot of work today.
  • Well look at you go.
  • Thatís it.
  • Iím very proud of you.
  • I like that.
  • Way to go!
  • Now you have the hang of it.
  • Youíre doing fine!
  • Good thinking.
  • You are really learning a lot.
  • Good going.
  • Iíve never seen anyone do it better.
  • Keep on trying.
  • You outdid yourself today!
  • Good for you!
  • I think youíve got it now.
  • Thatís a good (boy/girl).
  • Good job, (personís name).
  • You figured that out fast.
  • You remembered!
  • Thatís really nice.
  • That kind of work makes me happy.
  • Itís such a pleasure to teach when you work like that!
  • I think youíre doing the right thing.
  In reviewing the list, I see Arzella forgot "Awesome!" and "Totally Awesome!," two expressions in favor now. Adding them brings the total to 103.

The Urban Dictionary gives us badass, gnarly, insane, kickass, rad, radical, sweet, and wicked; eight more. If we pair "totally" with each one, "totally badass," "totally gnarly," and so on, that's another eight, bringing the grand total to 119.

This is fun, and the list could still grow, but when praising someone in my consulting work, I prefer to keep it simple: "That's very nice. I'm proud of you."

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