How to Criticize

Don’t.

Name a person who likes criticism?

But to make suggestions, help someone improve or go to the next level, the most effective way is to do it indirectly.

Talk about this specific problem in terms of you not them – this way it will not be taken as criticism. 

Then, suggest specific things (cures, ideas, hints) that the other person will want to hear because it is not criticism. 

Always end with a word of encouragement that what you’re talking about is possible for that specific person. 

No one would be insulted to be treated in this way because it is the most positive way to allow another person to learn from their mistakes.

And yes, it works on children as well.

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