Say Their Name
Yes, it is a simple addition to praise, but it also makes the compliment that much more straightforward. It shows that you are paying attention, that you value their presence. Saying someone’s name is an immediate connection, after all.
You can work praising into statements by using people as an example, too. For instance, imagine you are in a meeting and want to praise someone while motivating everyone else in the room. You can something similar to following: “Shawn did a great job on setting up the template for our latest project,” “Deanna came up with a wonderful idea that I’d like you all to review,” or “Brandon helped us get that client, so let’s all follow his example and work to get more clients like that.”