Whether we’re in a business environment, a community arena, or in our own families, harsh words have a lasting impact on everyone who receives them. Just remember this:
- Feedback can be given in positive, constructive ways.
- Mistakes will be made. Don’t keep bringing them up. Forgive others, forgive yourself, and let them go.
- Everyone is different; some take things to heart more than others. Never use a one-size-fits-all approach to feedback and praise. Know the person before trying to “correct” or “improve” them.
- Let a few opportunities to “coach” someone pass by unsaid. Instead, use that opportunity to praise them for what they do well.