The Truth Hurts: Giving Constructive Criticism

Sharing—and receiving—criticism on a project at work is tough. “Threats to our standing in the eyes of others are remarkably potent biologically, almost as those to our very survival,” explains psychologist Daniel Goleman. In our brains, criticism is seen as a threat to our survival. If criticism isn’t presented well, our brains try to protect us from the threat, which can prevent us from benefiting and improving our eLearning work.

As challenging as it is to give criticism on an eLearning course carefully, ensuring that the delivery is smooth and organized can be a huge help. Collaboration software like ReviewLink™ can allow team members, SMEs, and anyone involved in the development process to share feedback in an efficient way, when used correctly. And following the tips below can help prevent constructive criticism from coming across as a threat to fellow colleagues.

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