Giving and receiving feedback is essential if you want your business and the people around you to evolve. Constructive feedback should be welcomed and if you’re tiptoeing around worrying about hurting somebody’s feelings, you’re probably doing it wrong.
The feedback process is definitely delicate and you need to be sensitive about how you project yourself. Done right, it can help the person become even better at what they do instead of sending them into a shame spiral of anxiety.
Why are you giving feedback?
One of the most important things you can do when giving feedback is to understand why you feel the need to give it.
Are you after a particular result? Is it for the benefit of the person you’re giving it to? Some people can get defensive when they’re receiving feedback so make sure you’re thinking about the end result and how it benefits the recipient. You can end up with a breakdown in the relationship if you’re giving feedback based on personal preference.