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Feedback v. Criticism

Feedback v. Criticism

It's a fine line.

Feedback is welcomed by the recipient and may help to strengthen a relationship.

Criticism is a step on the path of destruction (for a relationship).

There is only one tiny factor that separates the two:

Did the recipient of your opinion ask for it?

Yes = you are giving feedback
No = 99% of the time you will be perceived as giving criticism ... whether the recipient says it to your face, or not!

Lesson:
When you feel the overwhelming urge to 'give feedback' and offer your opinion, ask yourself:

Did this person ask for my opinion or honest feedback?

No?

So, ask them:

“Would you like my honest opinion?”

When they say ‘No’ – if you want to keep your relationship - respect their decision making maturity and keep your opinion to yourself.

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