I pledge to be objective and fair, leaving personal vendettas at home. This includes being unreasonably harsh towards anyone that did not like my own work.
I pledge to break that awful silence and start the conversation.
I pledge to stop talking when my words become repetitive or irrelevant.
I pledge to have a reason behind statements like “it’s nice” or “that’s interesting.”
I pledge to say the hard thing that needs to be said.
I pledge to ask questions when I don’t understand.
I pledge to act and behave with professionalism.
I pledge to accept criticism with grace, taking responsibility for what I did and did not do.
I will not make excuses.
If we all put forth an effort to speak thoughtfully and honestly, critique will not only be more constructive, but also less painful.