Help Icon


Course Title
High Impact Feedback and Listening


When sharing feedback is part of an organization's culture, it is an effective business tool that reaches across all levels.

Individual performers learn how to effectively deliver both positive and developmental feedback.  They also learn how to be receptive to feedback and to listen to accurately understand the speaker's intended message.  In the workplace, these skills help them to optimize and sustain their own and their coworkers' performance. 


Helps individual performers:

  • Support colleagues' job performance, growth, and development.
  • Build authentic, trusting relationships with colleagues.
  • Wisely choose opportunities to give and seek feedback.
  • Handle, reduce, or eliminate defensiveness or negative emotions that can occur in a feedback discussion.
  • Help create culture of teamwork and performance.


Learners take part in a "fact or myth" activity to gain key information about giving and receiving feedback.  The facilitator introduces the two types of feedback: positive and developmental.

Learners watch a video spoof called "Top Colleague" ( a fictitious reality game show) that demonstrates poorly delivered feedback and subsequent poor receptivity to feedback.  Learners discuss why the feedback in the video went wrong.  The facilitator defines effective feedback and skills and leads a discussion on the importance of meeting people's personal and practical needs.  Learners adjust the video judges' feedback to encourage greater receptivity from the video contestants.

Learners discuss the importance of being aware of Feedback Deflection Traps, Receptivity Techniques, and barriers to listening in order to accurately understand a message.  Learners identify a Receptivity Technique that would help the video contestants demonstrate better listening skills.

Learners watch a video depicting a colleague in need of developmental feedback.  The facilitator introduces the Feedback Discussion Model.  Learners watch a video that shows an employee effectively delivering developmental feedback to the peer depicted in the earlier video.

The facilitator introduces the feedback planner.  In groups of three, learners participate in three rounds of skill practice for delivering developmental feedback.

In pairs, learners describe real-life opportunities they have for delivering either positive or developmental feedback at work and plan their approach for those discussions.



Method of Instruction

lecture, group discussion, activities


Skills practice and discussion, no exam