How To Tell Someone They’re Wrong (And Make Them Feel Good About It)
- Pick Your Spots.
- Never Qualify.
- Sugarcoat Donuts.
- Paint A Picture.
- Deal In Facts.
- Focus On Behavior, Not Character.
- Show Them The Way.
- Let The Fixes Feel Like Their Own.
How do you politely point out mistakes?
- Start With Something Positive. Hey, we all have feelings, and it’s never easy to be told we’re wrong.
- Avoid Sounding Authoritative. Sure, you’re probably great at your job.
- Utilize Questions When Appropriate.
- Provide Evidence.
- Offer Help.
- Use a Gentle, Helpful Tone.
Is it rude to tell someone they are rude?
It’s usually considered rude to directly tell a social equal that they’re being rude. Telling someone that they are being weird is perceived as asserting authority over them. Telling someone that they’re being rude is considered appropriate if they’re someone you’re supposed to have power over.
How do you approach a colleague who is making mistakes?
Here are some strategies for handling team mistakes that aren’t your fault:
- Make sure you really do need to correct the mistake.
- Approach your coworker directly.
- Don’t blame–use facts and concrete examples.
- Establish common ground.
- Ask what happened.
- Clearly outline future expectations.
- Protect yourself.
Is it OK to correct someone’s grammar?
However, grammar lovers too often overstep the boundaries of appropriate correction. Here’s a tip: Whenever you feel the urge to correct someone’s grammar, take a step back and ask yourself: does this person want to be corrected? If the answer is no, or even just maybe, keep your knowledge to yourself.