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I have previously mentioned in another blog post that one of the best techniques to use in a peer review is to eliminate the second-person singular pronoun, “You.”
I recommended talking in terms of “me” and “I” in order not to offend the other party.
For example, instead of saying “You are wrong”, I recommended “I feel this may not be correct.”
TCC reader Danielle Wong has a better suggestions however…
She recommends eliminating “I” and “You” altogether from peer reviews.
In her feedback, Wong suggests:
“Another way to handle peer reviews is to eliminate the need for the pronouns “I” and “you” altogether. The work is what is being reviewed, not the person. It becomes a matter of saying “The UL Certification Process needs to be updated with the new guidelines …” and “The information in this paragraph does not fit exactly with the product functionality”. This approach allows for all people involved in the peer review to remain objective and focused on the work, not on the people involved in the review.”
Well done, Danielle, and thanks for your contribution.
How you feel about this? Any review techniques that you apply in your own line of work? Feel free to share…