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University: Zhejiang University
Nowadays, we often cooperate with our classmates or colleagues to complete big tasks. In this situation, communication skills are of great importance. From my perspective, it’s better to give positive comments to our partners first, then negative feedback. Because this can not only make the cooperation more efficient but also leave a good impression on others.
First, giving positive comments first is more efficient because it allows the communication to go smoother. The comments are more acceptable because most people prefer to hear compliments from others to criticisms. Giving positive comments first can let your partner know the merits of their work. Thus, your classmates or colleagues can get encouraged, thereby encouraging them to improve their work. [ In this situation, your advice is critical for them. And they will accept these negative comments without reservation. For example, although most of us have many mistakes in our assignments, my physics teacher always praises our efforts. After the positive comments, my teacher points out the errors we made. No one will be disappointed by these negative comments. We all listen to his advice and accept his guidance with modesty. But the professor in my creative writing class prefers to criticize our articles first. It is a terrible experience in this class. Each time I receive the professor’s comments, I feel that my work is a mess. I don’t want to revise it, although the professor mentions some highlight points in my assignments after the negative feedback.][ redundant ](I don’t know how to revise this, delete the example of the creative writing professor?)
Furthermore, giving positive comments would leave a better impression on colleagues and classmates. Expressing your appreciation is a great way to show your friendliness. If you gave positive feedback friendly, people would feel your kindness and have a positive impression of you. There are many advantages. You can make more friends in school, or maintain a benign relationship with your co-workers. As a result, you can get more opportunities to collaborate with others in both academic and professional contexts.
In conclusion, giving positive comments first is more helpful.