Whether you’re telling your partner they’ve made an error, or explaining to a client that you disagree with their direction, giving feedback isn’t always easy (or well-received). Leo Babauta, creator of Zen Habits, shares some tricks for giving criticism without being critical, and here are our favorites:
- Frame your feedback as a suggestion or possible solution, i.e. “What if we tried red instead of blue?”
- Keep it positive, i.e. “I love what you did here, but what if we changed this…”
- Be specific. Instead of saying, “your article could be better” (which is hard to hear) say, “I think the intro could be more direct and engaging.”
- Be kind. Delivery is everything when it comes to giving criticism, so remember to be gentle and empathetic as you make your suggestions.
- Make sure your criticism is actionable. There’s nothing worse that receiving feedback on a project that’s already been submitted. Make sure your criticisms are actually executable before voicing them aloud.
Read Babauta’s full post here.