Feedback Tips

This week in DireLights, we give critical feedback on each other’s business plans. We have been working in our passion breakout rooms to build and form our own business plans for the businesses we hope to create. I wrote last week that this doc has a lot of moving parts to it with a lot of questions to answer in order to dive deep into the details of the business. With so many moving parts, it is important to get feedback from other students doing their business plans and see what can be improved. This is also time to get to know each other’s business a little more and see how they plan to get their business rolling.

With our feedback sessions being at the end of this week, I have decided to gather some feedback tips that I have learned from being at CCNTH for 4 years. One of the most important things I can say on the topic is to really read the thing you are giving feedback to. So many times have I found mistakes in my writing after someone has “peer-reviewed” it and it’s clear that they didn’t take the 3 minutes to read what I had written. Read the entire document and see if they answered the question thoroughly enough for you to understand what they are talking about. If they haven’t, tell them how they can fix it. That brings me to my next tip, be clear and honest with feedback. Tell them exactly what they did wrong and ask guiding questions on how they can improve on what they answered. This is key to being a good peer and it will also make you look through your own writing with the same fine-tooth comb. Another is to give positive feedback as well as next steps. Let them know what they did a good job doing so they know to keep it up. Reading positive feedback is great motivation to keep going and to work on the improvements that your peers have suggested. Last but not least, when you are done leaving feedback, have a conversation with your peer and talk them through some of the changes. Having a conversation through text is a little more tricky when giving feedback because the tone of your voice does not come through on text. Follow up with your peer and talk them through your comments and make things more clear for them as they fix pieces of their writing.

These are just some of the things you can do to improve your feedback-giving skills. There are definitely more out there, but these were the ones that I find myself doing and the ones that I love to receive when getting feedback on an assignment. I can’t wait to read and review business plans this week and see where everyone is at in their passion businesses!

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