Blog | Mar 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

[writers on trial]

[committee reviews]

If you’ve ever written anything that had to be reviewed by committee, you know it can be painful. And when the team gets together for group review meetings, it can feel like a jury trial. Here are some ideas for how to keep your cool and make these review sessions more productive.

It’s not that easy to critique others’ creative work.

Most people don’t learn the fine points of constructive editing, including how to help a writer save face while you deliver criticism. That sounds like a good blog post for another time, because today, we’re not here to talk about etiquette. We’re here to talk about survival. Your clients, colleagues, boss, or whomever just need to deliver their comments in an efficient manner so you can all get back to work. Many people do fear hurting others’  feelings during reviews, and sometimes this fear actually makes them nervous. You can take command of the situation and make it easier for everyone, including yourself.

What can you do to make review meetings productive?

Bottom-line: always put relationships first.

Yes, you poured a lot of yourself into this creative work and you’re proud of it, but ultimately, these are words and words are just tools. You’re a good writer and you can find other words if that’s what your clients want. Being a good listener and team player is the best way to get invited back to the table.

I know this list isn’t complete. What else would you recommend?

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Author: Claire Wagner

I'm a seasoned freelance writer/editor and an enthusiastic community manager. I'm passionate about developing and sharing good content.

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