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Developing Effective Feedback Skills > Capture the Situation

Capture the Situation

The first step in giving effective feedback is to capture and clarify the specific situation in which the behavior occurred. If you say “On Tuesday, in the break room with Carol and Fred,” rather than “A couple days ago at the office with some people,” you avoid the vague comments and exaggerations that torpedo so many feedback opportunities. Describing the location and time of a behavior creates context for your feedback recipients, helping them remember clearly their thinking and behavior at the time.

Remember, capturing the situation is only the start of your feedback session. Here are a few examples of how you might successfully describe a situation when giving feedback:


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