Do you receive good feedback? Does it move you to improve? And do you get constructive or practical recommendations? Brilliant when it happens – Right?
Great feedback about our work brings on some contented feelings. Gives us a boost, a sense of achievement. And, it sets the pace for our next moves.
We all need someone else to cast an eye, give a second opinion or offer another point of view. Receiving constructive criticism is vital to our advancement. Whether it is a coach, an editor, a like-minded colleague or your accountability partner…receiving honest evaluations of our work is vital to progress.
A good evaluation extends to you a wider vision of your work. It can guide you to see, what needs attention and what could be improved or how it could be smarter, brighter. How it could be less or more.
It can help you to visualise the whole picture, the full view, from a distance, as if you were the audience, the reader, the client. It offers you the perspective, another angle of your endeavour or your assignment. It offers an idea of how your work resonates with your audience.
This information is so valuable because it can give us a pointer to betterment and even directs us to a breakthrough.
-Feedback is the breakfast of champions – Ken Blanchard
The evaluation for spoken or written works have much in common.
A speech, besides excellent structure and content requires from the speaker, eye contact, facial and body gestures, vocal variety and some rhythm and rhyme.
A written piece also needs an excellent structure and content…and some visual aids. Words need to jump off the page, to capture your interest, sound right, make sense and also have some rhythm and rhyme. While writing my book, I have been conscious of using language that is lively and understandable, even colloquial. No one wants to sit reading your book or article with a dictionary in one hand!
Let’s face it, if we cook a fine meal for a friend or loved one, if we put our love and energy into creating a delicious meal, or write a story from our heart and then we share it with the world – we want to see, hear and feel some reaction to it. We want the good vibrations of feedback. It is a normal human response to want to hear what others think of our ideas and thoughts.
-If we only express our talents to the mountains all we get back is our own echo – Georgia Varjas
So, who do you turn to for a positive evaluation of your work? For some informative feedback? Do you have a like-minded colleague with whom you can bounce off your work? Someone more knowledgable in your field, an editor, mentor or a coach? The other great way to share your work is in a mastermind group. Where a team of like-minded people can share and contribute achievements and challenges and benefit each other through pooled knowledge and experience.
– Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others – Ellen DeGeneres
Step Up & Stand Out encourages team and group work, so if you are looking for an accountability partner or a mastermind group, please contact me. And leave a comment about feedback below, I love to know what you think.