2019年12月1日托福独立写作范文：If you are required to give feedbacks about your classmates/colleagues, would you like to give positive comments or negative comments first?
People are facing tons of assignments every day and in order to achieve a promotion or a better grade, they are constantly finding ways to improve the quality of their assignments, including seeking feedback from coworkers and classmates. Therefore, everybody plays the role of providing and receiving feedback all the time. When giving feedback, some people prefer to point out the problems first, since they believe those things can really help their classmates or coworkers improve and thus are more critical than compliments. However, from my perspective, expressing compliments before negative feedback can actually work better.
To begin with, compliment first could help people build their confidence. When people just complete their task, most of them are quite proud of themselves, since they have, at least, succeeded in finishing the task given, after all those time and effort they have poured in. Therefore, they are more in the mood of receiving some appreciation for their hard work. If they are given plenty of negative comments straight away, it would be like a blow to their heads and they may feel rather frustrated, because they would think they have been a fool by devoting weeks of time to creating something useless, which would make them lose the confidence to do this kind of task completely. However, a positive feedback first can go quite well with their proudness and give them a feeling that they do have achieved something and all their time and effort is well-spent, which gives them enough confidence to make improvement.
Moreover, giving positive feedback first could maintain the relationship among classmates or coworkers. People tend to estrange themselves from those who always provide negative comments, since everybody loves to get fun, rather than pains, from life. Giving negative comments first will leave the impression that this person who has just provided feedback loves to criticize people instead of looking at people from the bright side and thus others may feel that they couldn’t get a lot of fun from hanging out with him/her. It would be likely the case that people would consciously keep distance with him/her, like avoiding pains in life. By contrast, if people hear praises first, they would believe that the person who offers the feedback are not restrained from appreciating their work and effort and may even admire their capabilities, which can serve as a kind of pleasure and give them the idea that the life with this person won’t be lack of fun. Therefore, their relationship won’t be affected.
Admittedly, when people choose to give positive comment first, the person who has just finished the task may be carried away and feels too good of himself/herself, which may not help enhance his/her ability of completing the task in the future. However, people don’t have to use the way of providing negative comments first to attract attention on the problems in the task. They could achieve this result by stressing the significance of the improvement in words or actions. For example, they could mention that if this person doesn’t correct those errors on the PowerPoint, he/she may fail the course next time, though he/she has narrowly passed it this time; they could point out that more interactions will have a better chance to keep the attention of the audience on the presentation by demonstrating the effect right in front of the person. All of those methods will be enough to give the person who has finished the task the hint that it is critical for him/her to make changes and complete the task with a better quality next time.
To conclude, it is definitely better to provide positive feedback first before pointing out the problems.