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  • Writer's picturePremanandhan Narayanan

The Importance of Speaking the Truth with Timing and Constructive Feedback

If we are invited to a dance program of your friend. The program was horrible but in the interval you happen to see your friend, your friend is asking how was the program? what will you say?

You have to tell them you look great in the costume, and you have to conduct regular dance programs like this. Even this statement is true because it is only interval and one more session is pending.

Keeping that in mind you should not talk that the program was horrible. Next day you have to call up your friend and tell the real fact about the dance program and tell them in what area they should correct so that they can perform better in the next event.

Speaking the truth is important, but equally important is knowing when and how to communicate the truth in a way that is constructive and helpful to the person you are speaking with.

In thid scenario, if your friend asks you how the program was during the interval, it is important to consider your friend's feelings and the context of the situation before responding. While you may have found the program to be horrible, it is not necessary to express that opinion at that moment, as it may hurt your friend's feelings or make them feel embarrassed.

Instead, you could focus on the positive aspects of the program, such as complimenting your friend on their costume or expressing your appreciation for their effort and dedication in putting the event together.

It is important to remember that constructive criticism can be helpful when given at the right time and in the right way. You can choose to provide feedback to your friend in a private conversation the next day, where you can offer your honest opinion about the program and suggest specific ways they can improve.

When providing feedback, it is important to focus on specific actions or behaviors that can be changed, rather than criticizing the person as a whole. For example, you could say something like "I think the program would have been more enjoyable if there was more variety in the dance styles" instead of saying "the program was horrible."

In summary, while speaking the truth is important, it is equally important to consider the context and timing of your communication, as well as the impact your words may have on the person you are speaking with. Providing constructive feedback in a helpful and supportive manner can be more effective in helping someone improve and grow than harsh criticism or negative feedback.

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