The 2 principles I use when I ask for feedback. What are yours?

"Ask for critical feedback"

Such an easy advice to give. And such a hard advice to put into practice. Here are the 2 principles I use when I ask others for feedback.

1. The person I am asking feedback from has to feel safe.

It's my job to make them feel that they won't hurt my ego.

E.g. Instead of telling them: "I need your feedback",
I tell them: "I need your critical and honest feedback. The more honest it is, the more you'll actually help me"

2. The feedback has to be focused.

Asking "what do you think about my product landing page" is useless.

But asking "Do you understand what are the benefits of my product?" or "Can you understand what my product does?" or "would you feel safe to buy my product?" is much better.

What about you?

What are your principles when asking for feedback from others?

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    Another great thing to do is showing the appreciation for the feedback.

    People who give feedback usually take out dedicated time to do so and I love thanking them for doing that.

    It just makes the whole process more fulfilling!

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      So true, I totally agree! Showing gratitude is very important and make it feel less transactional :)

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    My number one principle is to give back! When someone makes me a feedback, I will hunt down their project to give them a constructive feedback in return ^^

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      Really good point as well, totally agree on this!

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        Would you mind to leave a comment on my post then 😉 ?

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    Don't feel the urge to talk if the person you're asking for feedback is not answering to your questions right away.

    It might feel a bit uncomfortable, but talking too soon to "help" might block or condition a valuable insight that was about to appear.

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      So true! It's one of the most important rules to follow when doing user testing but so hard sometimes to stick to 😅

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