My big brother shared an interesting story with me the other day.  It really impressed upon me how we all must battle the inner critic.

First let me say that he is a gifted singer and respected choral arranger and director.  He leads a large chorus of barbershop quartet singers, dedicating a great deal of time and effort to their success.  Recently, he attended a conference, the source of his anecdote.

Asked to sing before a group of his peers, he in turn listened to several of them.  After the solo, each man was asked to share one thing he liked about his fellow performers’ offerings.  Then each sang the same song again.

The claim my brother made – that everyone performed better the second time – really impressed him.  In turn, I found it striking how he had to stifle his inner critic for the praise to get through.

He’s going to start encouraging his guys to positively critique one another, especially if those words accompany constructive criticism.  This strategy is one I believe in one hundred percent in the writing world, and would like to enlist everyone’s help in spreading the positivity.  As a side benefit, you’ll feel good for brightening someone’s day.

So jump on those forums and websites, twitter and face pages.  Tell your favorite authors what you enjoyed about their story.

4 thoughts on “The Power of Praise

  1. I'm not sure how I missed this post, but I'm so glad I found it today! I really like the title, the Power of Praise. I think that's so true. Nothing helps keep us going so well as praise, when we know we're heading in the right direction.

    Thanks for the reminder, Darla! Well done!

  2. Thank you, dear! It's definitely something you've inspired in me. Best wishes in your own endeavors.

  3. Tess Miller says:

    It is amazing to me how special and wonderful it is to receive the good feedback, the constructive stuff as well. It lets me know that people appreciate and 'see' me and what I've done. And it's nice to pay it forward and do the same for others.
    Thank you Darla for reminding me of those little things. (really NOT so little)

  4. I rather doubt you needed reminding, Tess. 🙂 Thanks for the kind words!

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