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Profile critique #13: Jeanie MarshallViews: 829
Jul 24, 2007 7:18 pm re: Great! But... why they stopped and all I ask... (re: Ryze profile REVIEWS for FREE)

Jeanie Marshall

The perception is in the eye of the beholder. Opinions abound. Everyone is looking at / for / with something different.

I think if you decide to request a review, you need be prepared for hearing the differences, without defenses. That way, you'll get MORE information. If you're defensive, you'll get less information.

I personally am not the least bit interested in reaching consensus about Ryze pages. When I'm willing to take the time to study someone's Ryze page to offer suggestions that I think will enhance it, I'll look for how that person can more clearly present his or her uniqueness rather than trying to meet some standard. I'll also be looking for how that person has already done what I think is effective.

Sometimes people approach reviews with the idea of showing how smart they are or how smart think they are, sometimes being mean in the process. I haven't found that's useful, and such an attitude tends to make others reluctant to participate.

I have a perspective. It's mine. You have a perspective. It's yours. These can coexist quite well UNLESS you and I start arguing about our perspectives. Then we both lose, even if it appears that one perspective "wins."

So, that's a long way to get back to your original question. When you're reviewing someone's Ryze Page, I encourage you to look at what works and what doesn't work from your perspective. Be specific and offer suggestions for change if you can. I'd let go of the idea of a "good" page or a "bad" page and think more in terms of whether you consider it works or doesn't work for the person.

Here are a few questions that are in my mind when I look at a Ryze page with the idea of reviewing it:

Do I know who this person is; do I know what this person does?

How can this person present himself or herself more clearly?

Are there questions I can ask that can help the person to become clearer about his or her intention or purpose? (Often effective questions are more important than expressed opinions.)

Are there ways to format the Page to make it more attractive, readable, or engaging?

How can this Page be just A LITTLE MORE crisp or inviting? (Offering too much of a change or too many ideas at one time can be overwhelming.)

Of course, if I'm visiting a Ryze page to learn more about a person (not to review the page), I'm asking: Do I want to connect with this person in some way? While I probably wouldn't disclose that in a review, it's still forefront in my mind and might help me to offer suggestions or questions than can be helpful.

Just some thoughts.

Make it a Supportive Day!

Jeanie Marshall, Personal Development Coach
Marshall House http://www.mhmail.com
Writing by and for Coaches http://www.WritingByCoaches.com


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