Chris Brogan has said that today, Monday, April 28, should be comment day. Chris tells us to go visit other people and engage in their conversation. I was going to list a bunch of links.
But I’m not. I’ll just go there myself and comment.
However, I was at a concert on Sunday and a musical on Saturday night. I’ve watched how feedback works and helps in those places and decided to create another 8 ways list.
1. Be spcific in your comments. It helps the conversation to continue.
2. Be persistent in your comments. Some of us don’t reply immediately, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t listening.
3. Be thoughtful. Be willing to use your mind to suggest new ideas, new perspectives.
4. Be connected. Make sure that your comments relate somehow to what the person is saying. I have a hard time continuing the conversation when I can’t figure out the nature of the connection.
5. Be encouraging in your comments. Sometimes we just need to hear a cheer, or know that someone in particular is listening.
6. Be multi-modal. I just made that up, but it means that sometimes the comments should be in the comment field, but sometimes they should be in an email or a phone call or a text or a tweet. A post and comments are just one place for interaction. (I know the value of having the conversation in public. But there are times for keeping parts hidden or directed).
7. Be conversational. Conversation invites other people to talk as well. I’m not great at this. I tend to give the last word. So…
8. Be _____________. What kind of comments are most helpful to you?
The floor (or the comment box) is yours.