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Offering Criticism – Tread Lightly

One of the most important factors in personal growth is the ability to use constructive criticism.  But the willingness to apply the information has a lot to do with the way in which the criticism is presented.  Mary Poppins said it best with, "A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down."  Being sincerely complimented on things we do well before hearing suggestions for change, helps to take the sting out of the realization that others don't think we are perfect.

The second lesson for offering criticism comes from young Gerald McGrew who says, "If I ran the zoo..."  Avoid saying things like, "you should...", "you shouldn't...", or "why don't you..."  Instead try phrasing your comment with what communication experts call "I messages."  "If I wanted to be sure the car didn't get scratched by some grit, I'd spray it down good with the hose before applying the soapy cloth."

Practice making sincere compliments and then offering suggestions using "I messages."

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