Video: Be careful when asking for general feedback

Feedback is great, unless you wait to ask for it at the end of a project and from people who have had no previous input. Here's how you should handle it.

Feedback is a great thing. Unless it's asked for at the end of a project from people who have up to that point had no input. And then it's a free-for-all. Here's the issue at hand and what you can do to stem the tide of criticism.


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This was great but too brief. Can you say more? I think having small groups is also helpful. The larger the group the more people seem to get snarky or even angry, especially since if it takes a while before they get a chance to chime in.


Keep in mind that you are looking to see what others are thinking but you do not have to make all the changes that they suggest. It's just feedback, even those nitty-gritty things like fonts; maybe that person has a point or if the concensus is that they don't like where the button is or something, then it's a possibility to have it changed. You won't please all of the people all of the time but if you take a majority concern and adjust, then you are most likely better off.

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