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In a creative group setting, the idea of contributing with and learning from our peers births its own set of challenges. Among these challenges is the notion of providing constructive criticism within the group setting. Constructive criticism can make or break the group’s dynamic.
In a creative setting, members many times place personal pieces of their work on the line for others to see. It’s a process that takes an amount of trust and willingness of vulnerability. Communication is the foundation that any solid group can build on. When giving or receiving constructive criticism, it’s imperative to understand where each person involved is coming from. Any unresolved negative feelings between members might arise to affect the motivation of the criticism being given.
By pointing out positive aspects of a person’s creative contribution, it may help them to be open about where performance might be improved. A individual’s tone of voice or body language can reveal what they may not be saying. The idea of constructive criticism is to help one another to achieve better work. An earnest approach with eye contact, a non-aggressive tone and well thought out words is an effective way for someone to get their point across. Another aspect of this approach is to determine those opinions or guidance can be applied to best benefit the work at hand.
Leaving personal bias out of a peer group collaboration can be a difficult challenge to overcome. It can be tricky to get your point across without offense. Valid and useful feedback can propel creativity into directions that were hidden. Trust and mutual respect is key in any interpersonal peer setting.