What to Say to an Inspiring Person - brilliantio (2023)

There are people who leave a lasting impression on us. They may inspire us and drive us to achieve more. When we talk to them, words fail us when we think of what to say. Here are some ways to tell these inspiring people how they’ve changed our lives.

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Before You Address the Person Who Inspired You

Before you address the person who inspired you, think about what you want to say.

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  • Do you want to thank them for their work?
  • Do you want to tell her/him how she/he inspired you?
  • Do you want to tell them about your own work and ask for their advice?
  • Do you need help with something that’s difficult or overwhelming right now and want them to give you advice or support?

If you know why you’ll get most of the answers you need to prepare. You’ll know how much time you’ll need, what information you can reveal about yourself, and how much you want to tell the other person about their work.

How to Show Your Gratitude

When someone has helped you, supported you, or inspired you, it’s important that you tell him/her how much they mean to you. This can be as simple as saying “thank you” or writing a letter.

There are many ways to show your gratitude; here are some ideas:

Face to Face

If you have the opportunity to thank someone in person, it’s always best to do it face to face. Thanking someone face to face can be a meaningful experience for both of you. It reminds you that the world isn’t just made up of faceless people and that your actions have real effects on other people’s lives.

Write a Letter

If you want to show your appreciation to someone who has inspired you, a letter is the best way to do it. Not only is it a great way to express your gratitude, but it’s also something the person can keep forever.

Here are some tips on how you can write a thank you letter:

  • Don’t underestimate the power of words. A handwritten letter is more personal than an email and leaves a lasting impression on the recipient.
  • Take time to think about what you want to say in your letter before you write it down. You don’t have to write an essay or describe in great detail why someone inspired you; just write what comes from your heart.
  • Make sure your handwriting is legible and easy for the reader to understand immediately what you want to say without having to decipher your writing style!
  • Keep it under a page. People are busy and it’s better to write an effective letter than a long one.
  • Don’t forget to add your details so the recipient can reply to you if they want to.

Send an E-Mail

An email isn’t as effective as a letter, but it’s faster and can be effective if you’re sure the person will receive it. If you decide to send an email, make sure the subject line is clear enough so the recipient doesn’t mistake it for spam.

Connect on Social Media

Once you’ve found an inspiring person, you’ll probably want to follow them on social media.

Connecting with them on social media (if possible) gives you the opportunity to stay in touch and support the person who inspired you whenever you want.

Don’t Make It About You

If you’re talking to someone who’s already achieved a lot, don’t ask them how they did it. It shouldn’t be about you, your problems, or what you need in your life. You’ll just come across as demanding and self-centered – and that doesn’t help anyone!

It’s not just about asking questions; sometimes it’s actually more effective to listen carefully as they talk about themselves and their successes (or failures). This way, you’ll learn more about the topic than any question could’ve answered for you – not only by what was said but also by observing how excited people talk when they tell you about the things that matter most to them.

Think About Why This Person Inspired You

There are so many reasons why we love and admire people, but these are the ones that come to mind when we think about why someone inspires us:

  • What’s special about their work?
  • How do they make you feel?
  • What values do they bring to the world and why do you appreciate them?
  • What part of their background makes them unique or interesting to you?
  • Why did they achieve what they did, and what does that mean for your life or career in the future?

Knowing why not only helps us formulate our approach, but also helps us better understand ourselves and what we’re looking for.

Let Them Know How They Inspired You

Let them know how they inspire you. When you tell someone that he or she’s inspired you, just say it directly. Don’t make it sound like a question or a guess by using phrases like “I’m sure” or “maybe.” Just say, “I think what you did was inspiring.” Then explain why.

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If the person is someone who inspires you professionally, mention a specific thing they did that particularly impressed you. For example:

“Seeing how you handled adversity at work made me realize how much better I could do in my career.”

If it’s someone who inspires you personally, talk about something specific from their life – such as how they overcame a challenge – or something that makes them unique. For example:

“I admire how resilient you’re – this has given me the motivation and courage to work on my own resilience.”

Be Specific

People are happy to receive compliments, but they also want to know what they did that makes them worthy of the praise.

When you want to thank someone, it’s easy to fall into the trap of saying how much they helped you without being specific about what that help consisted of.

If Someone Has Inspired You, It Doesn’t Do Any Good to Tell Him or Her That. By Being Specific, You Can Help the Person Understand You Better and Build a Connection

Being specific also helps avoid awkwardness in situations where someone may not have been aware that they were doing something good for you. For example, if someone is helping out in your business, it can be hard for them to realize they’re doing a good job when all they hear is “thank you.” It’s easy to assume everything is fine when no one tells them otherwise.

When you specifically tell someone what he or she’s done for you or how grateful you’re for their help, you let them know that what they’re doing is important and make them feel like they’re part of a team.

5 Examples of Thank You Messages

1) Thank you for the encouragement and inspiration today. This has been a great help!

I’m going through a very difficult time right now and have been pretty down about everything. I feel like I’m fighting an uphill battle and it’s hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel. But you always seem to know exactly what to say when I need it most.

Your words have helped me through some of my darkest times and given me strength and positive energy when I needed it most. Thank you for inspiring me on this journey.

2) Thank you for your inspirational words

Your experience with your father touched me deeply. I’m glad you shared it with us.

I think it’s important to remember our loved ones and the legacy they’ve left behind. In this case, it’s especially important because you did something for others as well.

You inspired me to do more for my community and gave me the strength and courage to keep moving forward. Thank you.

3) Thank you for being a mentor

I first met you at a conference in 2018 when I was a young researcher just starting out. You talked about your great work on the International Space Station and how it helps improve life on Earth.

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Your accomplishments inspired me, and that’s helped me in my career. I also remember how kind and courteous you were to everyone. I was impressed that someone so famous was so generous with his time and so kind to everyone who approached him.

You’ve always been a role model for me – from the way you take care of your health to the way you speak publicly about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

You’re among the people who have impacted my life and the lives of thousands of others around the world. Thank you.

4) Thank you for your great guidance

When I started my career, your guidance had a great impact on my life. You were an inspiration to me.

I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn from you. You taught me that there’s no shortcut to success and that reaching your goal isn’t easy.

You’re a very helpful and supportive person in my life. Whenever I needed help or advice, you were always there for me.

I want to thank you for all the support and encouragement you’ve given me throughout my career.

5) Thank you for inspiring me to be better

I was inspired by your courageous actions. When I heard your story, I realized that I too could do something about the mental health problem.

When I saw you speak, I was touched by the way you talked about not being ashamed of your story and wanting to share it with others. It made me realize how important it’s to talk about mental health.

I want to start a conversation about mental health because I think it’s important for people to realize that they aren’t alone when they’re struggling with their mental wellness.

Thank you for inspiring me to be a better person.

Successful People Are Busy, Be Cautious of Time

The world is full of great people willing to share their knowledge and experience with you. However, it’s easy to get caught up in what we want to do and lose focus on what we should be doing. With so many distractions around us, it’s easy to lose sight of our goals and priorities in life – and then everything goes down the drain.

Having worked in many fields and with many different people, I’ve learned that time really is precious. It’s important to be mindful of how much time you spend with inspiring people or how much you ask them to read, or hear.

Especially if you’re dealing with a successful person or a famous person who is likely to have many goals, and many goals means little time to give.

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If you have the opportunity to talk to someone who’s great, it’s important not to waste their time or yours by demanding too much attention from them.

I believe it’s our responsibility as humans to be aware of the importance of time management and efficiency.

How To React When Someone Tells You That You’re Inspiring

When someone tells you that you’re inspiring, it’s always nice to thank him or her. However, there are a few things you should never say when you’re told you’re inspiring.

It can be very flattering and boost your ego when someone tells you that. But it’s important that you don’t express your enthusiasm too much, or you could inadvertently come across as arrogant or conceited.

If someone tells you that they admire your hard work and the great thing you’ve accomplished, it’s best not to joke about their comments. Making jokes about admiring your work can come across as rude and disrespectful.

If someone says something positive about your work, it’s best to listen carefully and take note of the comments. That way, when you ask follow-up questions, you can respond more easily without having to think long and hard about what the person was referring to in their comment.

There are many ways you can respond when someone tells you they find you inspiring:

Say “Thank You” and Mean It

This is probably the hardest part of the process because it can feel awkward to receive a compliment. But when someone takes the time to tell you that your work or actions have inspired them, they deserve a sincere thank you.

Ask for Clarification

Sometimes people have a hard time saying why they find something inspiring. If you don’t understand, you should ask what exactly about your work or actions was inspiring so you can use that information in your own life and in future conversations with others who may also be inspired by your work.

A great way to start a conversation with someone who finds your work or actions inspiring is to share personal stories about your process and why something is important to you personally – so they can reflect on their own lives and inspire others who may have never dealt with these issues before!

Motivational Quotes

An inspirational person always comes with inspirational quotes, here are some examples:

  • The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.” – Mother Teresa
  • Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.” Steve Jobs
  • Failure is success in progress.” – Albert Einstein
  • My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.” – Michael Jordan
  • Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller
  • Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

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What to say when someone is inspiring? ›

Examples
  1. “Be good to yourself. ...
  2. “This is what you're going through, not who you are.”
  3. “I hope you are surrounded by people who are good for your spirit.”
  4. “You are amazing for facing this with so much courage and hope.”
  5. “The most important thing right now is to focus on getting better…
25 Aug 2022

How do you describe a person who is inspiring? ›

Those who inspire others believe in collective power – in uplifting others (and not just a select few) so that positive change can happen more quickly. They're not focused intensively and solely on amassing their own wealth, power and influence. They want to see others rise, grow, and expand.

How do you inspire someone with words? ›

  1. Additional tips for motivating, inspiring, and persuading others at work:
  2. Say the word 'you' more than 'I. ...
  3. Use names. ...
  4. Practice the three As: Appreciate, Acknowledge, Ask. ...
  5. Use positive words and phrases.
  6. Convince with cause-and-effect phrases.
26 Mar 2013

How do you explain how someone inspires you? ›

How to answer "Who inspires you?"
  1. Keep your answer short. ...
  2. Choose one person who you respect. ...
  3. Explain how that person has values and behaviors that you want to have. ...
  4. Connect those values and behaviors to how they affect you as a professional.
29 Sept 2021

What is a good sentence for inspiring? ›

It is a very inspiring book to me. Because her life and work is inspiring to me. Their stories of escape were frequently as inspiring as they were unfathomable. He was also an inspiring teacher.

How do you appreciate and motivate someone? ›

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  1. Reward your colleagues. ...
  2. Public praise. ...
  3. Be creative. ...
  4. Nurture talent. ...
  5. Mentor someone else. ...
  6. Say thank you. ...
  7. Spend time with your colleagues. ...
  8. Be positive.

What to say when someone is inspired by you? ›

2) Thank you for your inspirational words

In this case, it's especially important because you did something for others as well. You inspired me to do more for my community and gave me the strength and courage to keep moving forward. Thank you.

Can you say someone is inspiring? ›

If someone is that inspiring, you can use the adjective absolutely without hesitation. Some qualities that can inspire others are their voice, their belief in something or someone, their talent for something, or their own personal accomplishments.

What are three inspiring words? ›

Dreams come true.” “Never give up.” “Winners never quit.” “Success breeds success.”

How do you write a supportive message? ›

Messages of Support and Honest Encouragement
  1. You've got this. ...
  2. This is tough, but it's temporary. ...
  3. I know it's hard right now, but it's worth doing. ...
  4. I'm so proud of you and know that you will excel.
  5. You deserve this opportunity. ...
  6. You can absolutely do this. ...
  7. You're not in this alone.

How do you thank someone who is inspired by you? ›

Short Thank You Quotes for Cards
  1. “Thank you for being the reason I smile.” — ...
  2. “Thank you for being you.” — ...
  3. “Here's to those who inspire you and don't even know it.” — ...
  4. “Thank you for brightening my world.” — ...
  5. “Let us be kinder to one another.” — ...
  6. “You've always believed in me.
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What does inspiring someone mean? ›

inspire verb (GIVE AN IDEA OR FEELING)

to make someone feel that they want to do something and can do it: His confident leadership inspired his followers.

What are 10 positive sentences? ›

Examples of Positive sentence
  • They are going to plant a tree.
  • Bill will join swimming classes this summer.
  • My sister brought home a very cute puppy.
  • The work is due today.
  • Ankush laughed loudly at the joke.
  • I have a plan.
  • Raju went to Kolkata yesterday.
  • Gourav tried hard to climb the wall.
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How do you encourage someone in a sentence? ›

You can say these phrases to someone who's trying to decide whether to do something that seems difficult or risky:
  1. Give it a try.
  2. Go for it.
  3. Why not?
  4. It's worth a shot.
  5. What are you waiting for?
  6. What do you have to lose?
  7. You might as well.
  8. Just do it!

What is a sentence for positive attitude? ›

You have a positive attitude and can focus on your strengths to get to grips with something difficult. My positive attitude to the role of the third sector is justified and realistic. You have a positive attitude that makes you good company.

How do you compliment someone's efforts? ›

You always find a way to get it done – and done well!” “It's really admirable how you always see projects through from conception to completion.” “Thank you for always speaking up in team meetings and providing a unique perspective.” “Your efforts at strengthening our culture have not gone unnoticed.”

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Compliments on skills
  1. “You're a great communicator . ”
  2. “I really admire your work ethic.”
  3. “You're so organized. Can you give me some tips?”
  4. “You think about things in such a creative way. You help me think about problem-solving in a new way.”
  5. You handle stress so well. You help me keep work in perspective.”

Can you say someone is awe inspiring? ›

If you describe someone or something as awe-inspiring, you are emphasizing that you think that they are remarkable and amazing, although sometimes a little frightening. The higher we climbed, the more awe-inspiring the scenery became.

What are some catchy quotes? ›

1. Concise
  • “Finger-Lickin' Good”
  • “I'm Lovin' It”
  • “Imagination at Work”
  • “They're GRRR-EAT”
  • “Think Different”
  • “Just Do It”
  • “Diamonds Are Forever”
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What's a short positive message? ›

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” “When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go.” “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

How do you write an impactful message? ›

Writing effective messages.
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  2. Are complete. Include all relevant information. Think about the situation from your readers' perspective. ...
  3. Are correct. Always proofread before sending any message.

How do you write a thoughtful message? ›

If you often find yourself in this situation, here are seven tips to help you write a thoughtful greeting card message.
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  6. Write from the heart. ...
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What are 5 positive words or phrases? ›

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  • I value you. Super positive people are caring. ...
  • You can count on me. Super positive people are collaborative. ...
  • I believe in you. ...
  • You are kind. ...
  • I trust you. ...
  • You are smart.
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What are 5 positive quotes? ›

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  • "There is nothing impossible to they who will try." ...
  • "The bad news is time flies. ...
  • "Life has got all those twists and turns. ...
  • "Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you."
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What are big positive words? ›

Big Words for Good
  • Exceptional — unusually excellent; being out of the ordinary.
  • Positive — fully assured; having or showing a mind free of doubt.
  • Adept — very skilled; proficient.
  • Stupendous — astounding and marvelous.
  • Delightful — highly pleasing.
  • Favorable — winning approval; marked by impressive success.
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How do you thank someone in a creative way? ›

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  3. Create something unexpected and unique. ...
  4. Make a game you can enjoy together. ...
  5. Send a personalised card.
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How do you express gratitude to a mentor? ›

Here are some conversation starters you can use with your mentee or mentor to begin expressing your gratitude.
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  2. I appreciate when you…
  3. I find it very helpful when you…
  4. I value you and try to show you by…
  5. Your partnership with me means…
  6. Our conversations help me…
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Is someone inspiring or inspirational? ›

These words are both related to how stimulating and motivating something/someone is. However, we mainly use 'inspiring' when the result is that someone feels motivated, whereas, 'inspirational' is more about the purpose of something.

What are 5 positive sentences? ›

examples of 10 positive sentence are -
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  • Atiqua is a good girl.
  • He rides the bike perfectly.
  • Rahul was sent back home as he was ill.
  • Priya cooks well.
  • My mother was reading the book silently.
  • The children were going to their aunt's house.
  • The officer arrested the culprits.
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What is a inspiring message? ›

It is inspirational words which provides hope to a person. A person can achieve anything once he is convinced that he possess that power to do so. Inspiring words help a person and fill him with a positive energy.

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There are many grand and awe-inspiring sights. The help you have given me is truly awe-inspiring. The series is a reminder of the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the island.

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