How many of us, when we are asked to give an opinion on certain matters, and after giving that opinion, we'll get a "cold" response in return?
Depending on the personality of the other party, that method of giving opinion might be a bit too direct and not be suitable.
Try using the hamburger (some call it, sandwich) method instead.
How does it work? First comment on the positive side of things ("the hamburger bread"), then address on the areas for improvements ("the meat of the hamburger"), then close with a positive note ("the bread /bottom part of the hamburger").
This exact same method is what I use in my workshops during peer feedback segments and is suitable for any personality styles; and it brings a positive and camaradarie among participants.
By doing this, we acknowledge the strengths of the other party and bring on the positive sides of things (Hey! Everyone has his/her own strengths!, so commend it when its due!), yet address the areas of concerns, and still manage expectations with positivity. This method could also minimise any strain relationship that might occur due to the directness of our comments.
I would want to hear your views if u have tried this!
Founder, The Speaking Factory Pte Ltd
Author, The Stage Fright Antidote
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