New Phrase: Constructive Feedback



Hey guys, today you’ll learn how to give constructive feedback when you’re in the office and working on projects. Enjoy today’s episode :)

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Hey guys, you’re listening to the English Made Simple Show. This is episode number 293, number two hundred and ninety-three, numero dos cientos noventa y tres.

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Thank you everyone for joining me today.

Today, we’re going to talk about “how to give constructive feedback at work” and towards the end you’ll have a chance to repeat one phrase from today’s show out loud.

I know that the majority of you listening are interested in learning more about phrases that you could use at work.

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So in the last episode you’ve learned three different ways to say “Keep up the good work”.

Essentially what this means is you’re saying to someone “You’re doing a great job”.

So that’s great. Hopefully everyone understood that phrase.

But what happens when someone is NOT doing a great job?

And how can you tell them that they’re not doing something right without offending them?

Especially if you’re working with that person. You don’t want to ruin relationships. You still have to work together so it’s best to keep it professional.

I understand it’s not easy to tell someone that they are not doing a great job.

Let’s face it. It’s not a great feeling for both parties..for you and them.

So how can we make it as painless as possible?

The number one thing to keep in mind is to not to use words that attack someone ‘personally’ but focus on a more objective way when giving feedback.

This is how constructive feedback differs from criticism.

Today we’re talking about “constructive feedback”.

I mean, you can criticize your husband on how he cooks or drives the car. Yeah that’s ok. I approve of that. Haha

Of course I’m kidding amigos y amigas.

You can’t do that… But I can!

Again, I’m kidding.

My husband is used to all this.

Now back to the episode.

So the meaning of the word ‘criticism is… let’s see… according to ‘weon inteligente’ or the online dictionary’ – criticism means:

indicate the faults of (someone or something) in a disapproving way.

You’re finding faults in people or situations in a disapproving way. Non-agreeable way.

When you criticise someone, they might feel ‘attacked’ so they either shut down or become defensive.

It’s not nice to put people in that situation. Especially in the workplace!

So we should avoid criticising people in the office.

But it’s ok to do it at home. Haha Of course, I’m kidding people.

Only I can do that. Haha kidding again!


Moving onto the “Constructive Feedback” and what this means.


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Milena Vujnic

Milena Vujnic

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Milena is the host of the English Made Simple Podcast and is passionate about helping motivated English learners break their fear of speaking English so they can confidently make conversation and be understood by other English-speakers.

Milena lives in Australia with her Chileno husband and loves anything podcasting and online coaching and is honoured to be supporting and guiding immigrants from all over the world with her products, programs and coaching services.

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