How to Use Constructive Criticism Effectively

August 18th, 2015

When you’re in a collaborative environment, there’s a good chance you will have to provide feedback at some point or another. While this feedback may be positive, you might have to give helpful suggestions about how to improve certain tasks or measures. If you want to be helpful, learn to utilize constructive criticism effectively. Here are some tips.

Start With a Positive Statement.

When giving constructive criticism, start the criticism with a positive statement. This will ensure that the recipient of your constructive criticism will be more receptive to receiving feedback at a later point. This will also help establish the mutual trust between you and your recipient.

Give Your Criticism.

After you have given the positive statement, share the criticism about what you want your recipient to change or fix. Make the criticism as direct as possible, and try to refrain from “sugarcoating” anything to spare feelings. The more direct you are with your message, the easier it will be for your recipient to receive the actual feedback and improve.

Give Suggestions on How to Improve.

Follow the criticism with suggestions on how to improve. This will help reinforce the team mentality, in which the recipient no longer feels attacked; rather, he or she feels like you are available for help. The suggestions should be as objective and direct as possible to avoid further confusion.

End With a Positive Statement.

Always end the constructive criticism with a positive statement. This will help restore the recipient’s confidence and trust in you after the conversation has ended. This will also give the recipient more of a motivation to change and put the proposed suggestions into effect.

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