The feedback conundrum


Do you ever get asked to provide feedback to someone on their work?

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It might be a friend or colleague or acquaintance who has just launched a new website or an app or maybe they just need some feedback on a document they have written. I’m asked quite often to provide feedback on all sorts of things and the only way I can respond is with brutal honesty.

I was watching a Kevin Rose video where he interviews Elon Musk (known for Tesla, SpaceX, Hyperloop, Solar City and anything else he chooses to bite off) where he says:

Actively seek out and listen to negative feedback. Don’t tell me what you like. Tell me what you don’t like.

The tricky part with providing feedback is carving out the time to be able to review the piece of work you have been asked to critique. To be able to provide real feedback you have to invest the time. I hate it when I receive feedback and it’s a ‘blow-wind-up-my-arse-that’s-great-mate’ one liner.

At least go to some effort: 5 min, 10 min, 15 min to read through a paragraph, sign up and peruse their new website, or just download the app and give it a whirl.

Because that tiny piece of feedback means a hell of a lot to the person receiving it. They are normally coming to you as they no doubt respect your opinion. So it’s well worth giving back something meaningful they can take away.

You can view the Foundation video at