Best practices for giving feedback to writers
Giving great feedback is the key to maximizing the time of both you and your writer. Here are some guidelines that will help prevent the back and forth that can delay projects.
- Avoid general statements like “This is weird” or “Too short.” What exactly is weird, why? How many words or sentences longer would you like it to be?
- Specifying what you don’t like will help us work towards finding what you do.
- If you can’t think of specific feedback, give an example of a piece of content that, in your opinion, best achieves the goal you have set.
- Reference what you like about that example piece. Whether it is the spacing, paragraph size, tone, etc.
Reference Great Sections
- If a section stands out for any reason, please delineate why.
- Example: “The first paragraph really captures our brand voice whereas the last paragraph seems robotic. Please keep the tone consistent.
Give Complete Feedback
- The first round of feedback is your opportunity to be as thorough as possible. More context means better revisions from the writer.
Avoid Shorthand Early On
- When you first start working with a writer please use full sentences to express your ideas and avoid any abbreviations or jargon.
Keep the Spirit of Collaboration
- ClearVoice has thousands of writers in the platform. Trying several different writers is a great way to find one that is the best fit. If one writer isn’t for you, there are always more options.
- We know giving feedback can often be done quickly and come off as colder than intended. Feedback is always taken better when it’s delivered nicely.
- Remember to rate your writer! The ClearVoice marketplace depends on clients giving honest ratings to help surface the best writers.