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  • Writer's pictureSamantha Hearne

Types of Feedback

Feedback is a powerful tool that can shape our personal and professional growth. How we receive and react to feedback can significantly impact our development. There are two types of feedback: open and given. They both contribute to our self-awareness and growth.

Read on to learn about two the types of feedback.

Open Consensual Feedback

Open or consensual feedback is the type of feedback we actively seek. It's the feedback we ask for from coaches, mentors, peers, friends, and colleagues. This feedback can be solicited through surveys, quizzes, reflections, or even testimonials.


When we open ourselves to receiving feedback, we embark on a journey of self-improvement.


When you ask for feedback, it's crucial to understand that you can't control the outcome. You might receive feedback that isn't what you expected or hoped for. It could be critical or even negative. However, the key here is to remain receptive. Your willingness to receive and embrace this feedback is the first step towards personal growth.

This type of feedback is invaluable for personal and professional development. It allows you to gain insights into how others perceive your actions, decisions, and work.


Given Feedback

Given feedback is different from open feedback. It's the feedback that you didn't ask for but received nonetheless. This can manifest as negative comments on social media posts and reviews on your work.


When faced with given feedback, you have a choice to make. You can either consider it as relevant and helpful or dismiss it as a personal opinion that won't impact your actions.


Here's where discernment becomes crucial.


If the feedback is constructive, even if it's unsolicited, it can provide valuable insights. For instance, negative reviews on a podcast or criticism of your work can serve as pointers for improvement. Someone has taken the time to share their perspective, and this feedback can help you refine your offerings.


On the other hand, if the feedback is merely a personal attack or lacks constructive value, it's perfectly acceptable to disregard it. Not all feedback is helpful, and it's essential to maintain your self-confidence in the face of unwarranted criticism.


Ultimately, feedback can be used as a tool for growth, or a source of demotivation. It's up to you how you allow it to affect you and the choices that you make. Embrace it, learn from it, and let it guide you on your journey of self-improvement and personal growth.


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