Tact and respect are about how we speak to someone. Compromise is about making concessions, whether philosophically or in action.
Of course, there is a time and place when compromise is absolutely appropriate. Other times, it is not. As Zig Ziglar so wisely said, “Be firm on principle but flexible in method.”
However — other than in extremely rare situations — tact and respect should always be part of the process. Not only is it the right way to be; it is likely to be much more productive and persuasive, and bring with it a much higher degree of influence on your behalf.
Do you experience people confusing the two terms? And, if so, why do you think that is? Is it a sign of the times or do you suspect it’s always been this way and there are just additional forms of media in which people can more freely express their thoughts and feelings?
Do you find yourself able to remain polite, respectful and tactful even when you disagree? In other words, can you disagree without being disagreeable; even when your argument is principle-based and not something you are willing to compromise on?