It is possible to learn to ‘criticise well’, and it’s a skill that is well worth learning.
There is an art to giving useful, wise feedback, as opposed to being critical, and making people feel discouraged.
Firstly – and most importantly – is the person asking for your opinion/feedback?
If the answer is no, then it might be wise to consider whether offering it freely would actually be beneficial to them.
Secondly, consider your reasons for giving criticism – is it in an effort to help them improve?
How can you do it with kindness?
Take some time to consider how best to deliver your thoughts.
It is always beneficial to start with the positive – what they did well. And say it honestly and simply.
Then follow with specific, positive suggestions.
Remember – be gentle, kind and considerate with your criticism.