Constructive Criticism 101: How to Give It Without Seeming 'Critical'

Sat Feb 28th 2015

When criticized — no matter how constructive the criticism is intended to be — most people become defensive. To minimize defensiveness and maximize effectiveness, it is helpful to approach constructive criticism as a full communication. Full and complete communication leaves no room for misinterpretation.

Keys to Giving Constructive Criticism:

Ultimately, criticism is nothing more than an opportunity to learn and grow — but it is not always easy to see that. Whether criticism is seen as critical or constructive is ultimately up to the person on the receiving end. However, as someone giving criticism, you have the opportunity to set the stage and ensure that what you have to say is given and taken in the best light possible.

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