Use their name. When giving out a compliment with their name on it, it feels like your making them worth your time because of the emphasis on their name.
Make the compliment as specific as possible. Giving out half-hearted compliments like "Good Job" or "Nice shirt" does not have the same effect as "Maria, you've done a lot of great work today. You should be proud of yourself."
Stick around for the answer. If you have the time and the desire to see the sparkle in someone's eyes after giving them a great compliment, try to stick around for a little more conversation.
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