How To Give Feedback To Creative People

How to Give Feedback to Creative People

Welcome to Episode 6 of The Creative Life podcast. In this episode, we look at how to give feedback to creative people.

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In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The Four Principles of giving feedback to creative people
  • What should be included in creative feedback
  • The best time to provide feedback

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How to Give Feedback to Creative People

You know there is a real art to giving feedback to creative people. I have seen it a number of times in organizations that maybe managers in the company really close down the creativity in the organization by giving feedback not in the best way.

There are four key principles in giving feedback to other members of your team or the other way around.

The first Principle when giving feedback is that you want to be saying what is missing, unclear and wrong.

The second principle is giving feedback at the right time. This is extremely important. You don’t want to be providing feedback to what is missing, or unclear too early in the process of creativity.  Give it ample time before providing feedback.

The third principle would be not rushing into providing solutions right away. We guys are pretty bad at wanting to providing solutions. We want to rush into providing solutions as fast as possible. We should allow time to be able to explore multiple ideas. This is what we call divergent thinking. What we want to do is to allow time for divergent thinking. When the time is right, then you can start convergent thinking or bringing it back.

The final principle is the idea of being very specific to other creative individuals. Don’t just come back with something like the idea is terrible. Rather than saying that something won’t work or it is terrible, point out something specific in the work. Be specific. Provide specificity about the feedback you are giving back.

The four principles are:

  • Say what’s missing, unclear, or wrong.
  • Say it at the right time.
  • Do not rush into providing solutions.
  • Be very Specific in your feedback.

Whether this is for you or for other members of the team, I hope you find this useful. -JamesTaylor.Me-

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