A few weeks ago, Jon Acuff posted about his experience rehearsing for the Quitter conference he had coming up (http://www.jonacuff.com/blog/who-likes-you-enough-to-help-you-get-better/). In the post, he discussed how he asked someone to critique his presentation. He discusses how someone providing you with honest feedback on how to improve your work product is better than the customary pat on the back.
Everyone likes to think they have done a great job on a project. They want that pat on the back. They don’t want to hear that something they have spent hours completing is flawed in anyway. Feedback is tough. But I think that by opening yourself up to receiving feedback in a constructive manner, and honestly soliciting quality feedback is a great way to improve.
I have a full-time job where I spend a lot of time writing. It’s something that I love to do. But I’ll be honest, as much as I love learning different things about my company – things that not a lot of other people learn about – sometimes the writing can be kind of dry. So I try my best to find ways to take very intense, complicated topics and make them simpler. I am able to do this because those I work for are patient and able to explain the topics in a way that I can glean information out of them for everyone else. I also do a lot of research so that I can figure it out on my own. But I’m not perfect, nor am I the expert.
Sometimes I get it wrong. Words are tricky things. It’s so easy to change the meaning of something by changing just a few words. It’s easy to oversimplify something to the point that it doesn’t make any sense. Some people who look at my work are really good about offering suggestions to improve the writing. Others don’t provide any feedback – their silence is the tacit approval of what I have written for them. I would much rather have someone read my writing and help me to understand how to make it better than to continue to produce work that is sub-par.
Writing this blog is a way for me to improve my writing. So I am asking for your help. As you read the postings on my blog, I ask that you provide feedback. The posts all have ranking buttons at the bottom – feel free to use them. All posts have a comment feature – feel free to leave feedback. What do you like about my writing? What don’t you write about my writing?