Precision Praising – Part 1

by: Stan Endicott  |  February 17th, 2017  |  Coaching  | 

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IMPROV coaching is the Slingshot Way of coaching.  There are six competencies we have developed to affect the way people treat each other.  And in the context of a church staff, if these competencies become a part of a church culture, it is likely that the national trend of high staff turnover will improve.

Let’s take a close look at the first IMPROV coaching competency.


Precision Praising

“ Offering a carefully crafted compliment with a purpose that goes beyond the act itself”.

Precision Praise is more than a kind word– it’s a well-timed encouragement that has the power to speak life into someone. This intentional act can change the trajectory of someone’s story. Just think about a time in your life when someone praised you. The time when a teacher asked you to come up in front of the class to demonstrate your science project, or when you were praised for the way you treated a friend who needed encouragement.

Precision Praise is most dynamic when it’s specific. Most attempts to praise are too general — real praising requires specificity. Specifics will drive a “praise” much deeper into a person’s soul.  General praise will not go beyond the room.

It’s easy to compliment someone, but Precision Praising takes it to the #nextlevel. When you use Precision Praising as a coach, you instill confidence and potentially speak truth into someone who may hold onto that praise for years to come. Precision Praisers are ready at a moment’s notice to praise. They do not over compliment. And they can see things as they can be, even in those moments when “it did not go well.”   WARNING: Precision Praising avoids Flattery!


Developing the Precision Praising competency will enable you to:

  • Infuse dynamic energy into the relationship
  • Increase optimism about life in general
  • Demonstrate genuine care for people in a practical way
  • Increase the frequency and power of your compliments
  • Positively affect the trajectory of a person’s life for years to come


In the book of Proverbs, we find excellent advice on Precision Praising. Here are just a few examples of scripture that bring truth into our praises:


Proverbs 10:11

The words of a good person are a deep, life-giving well.


Proverbs 11:25

The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed and those who help others are helped.


Proverbs 15:23

A person finds joy in giving an apt reply.  How good is a timely word!


Proverbs 12:25

Worry weighs us down but a cheerful word picks us up.  –  Your cheerful word of praise replaces worry.


Proverbs 15:30

A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,

good news makes for good health.


Five Team Values of Precision Praising

  1. Acknowledges a person’s contribution
  2. Brings positive energy in that moment to the team
  3. Causes the team to celebrate a “job well done”
  4. Causes fun, laughter and joy
  5. Transfers the credit to the other person (Which is huge leadership development opportunity)

Stan Endicott

Stan has coached hundreds of today’s young leaders, produced several major worship albums, and directed teams in several internationally known ministries including Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse, Willow Creek Community Church, and Saddleback Church. Read More