Navigating Tough Conversations: A Guide to Effective Feedback

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In this week’s podcast episode, we tackle a topic that many find challenging but is crucial for growth—how to give negative feedback.

Giving negative feedback can be hard, especially if you’re a person who doesn’t like conflict. You’re afraid that the feedback may not be helpful, or that the receiver may not be able to handle it. 

But giving negative feedback in a constructive way can help people identify areas of improvement, promote accountability, improve team dynamics, and prevent issues from escalating. 

If you tend to avoid or struggle with giving honest feedback, listen to this episode. We’ve got 10 effective strategies to make this process constructive and beneficial for everyone involved.

You can also listen to this episode on SpotifyApple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.

Here are the 10 strategies that we discuss in detail with helpful phrases:

  1. Choose the right time and place.
  2. Use “I” statements.
  3. Be specific and objective.
  4. Focus on behaviour, not personality.
  5. Balance negative with positive feedback.
  6. Be empathetic.
  7. Encourage self-reflection.
  8. Offer solutions and alternatives.
  9. Set clear expectations. 
  10. Follow up and provide support.


Remember, it’s not about criticism; it’s about fostering a culture of continuous learning.

Until next time, keep those lines of communication open and constructive!

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