Feedbag #4: Disagreeing Agreeably

Welcome to the fourth edition of the Feedbag! Last time, we covered how best to handle delivering critical feedback to a judge who was acutely aware they hadn’t been performing to expectations. Our question for this month comes to us from Flummoxed-by-Feedback Judge: I recently received some critical feedback that I simply disagree with. I don't think the judge who reviewed me accurately perceived the situation. How do I defend my actions without seeming arrogant or overly defensive? When

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My First Review – Joe Wiesenberg

Welcome back to another edition of My First Review. A judge’s first review usually comes from an event they’ve judged, but rarely is the event their first. Why is that? Perhaps there’s just so much going on when you judge that writing reviews falls by the wayside. It could be that, as judges, we have to go out of our way to observe our fellow judges. But what if there is another way to observe a judge? A way that doesn’t distract you from what you’re trying to do at an event? Despite

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Feedbag #3: Tough Situations

Hello and welcome to the third edition of the Feedbag! Last time, we covered reviewing as an inexperienced judge. This month’s question comes anonymously regarding how to approach providing feedback to a judge who has very obviously not been having a good day: “At a recent large event, I noticed that another judge was making mistakes. A lot of them. Other judges noticed the problems and offered assistance, but I could tell eventually that this judge was crushed, confidence shot for the rest

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Feedbag #2: Tips for New Judges

Hello and welcome to the second, extremely timely edition of The Feedback Loop’s monthly Feedbag feature! Last time, we covered the topic of self-reviews. This month’s question comes to us from a newer judge: I'm a fairly new L1, so when I work at events, I know I'm the least experienced judge on staff. As a result, I'm not sure how to offer feedback to more experienced judges. What kinds of things should I try to observe and record as a new judge/reviewer? Reviewing as a newer judge can

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Feedbag #1: Self-Reviews

Welcome to the first edition of the Feedbag! The goal of this column is to provide judges with a feedback resource, so that you have somewhere to go for help if you have questions about a review you’re writing or just want some general advice. Riki’s focus has been on self-reviews lately, and fittingly our first Feedbag submission is on that topic as well. Dan Jackson writes, “I was wondering if you had any advice or tips for a L2 working on their first self-review. I've taken a lot of

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