Often used interchangeably, advice and feedback do not mean the same when asked for. Do you know what will happen when you ask for a piece of advice? You’re likely to get a more effective and better response compared to when asked for feedback. Before we further give somebody our constructive or destructive comments, let’s check the dictionary difference!
“Information about reactions to a product, a person’s performance of a task, etc. which is used as a basis for improvement.”
“Guidance or recommendations offered with regard to prudent future action.”
Simply put, we just give information when we’re giving feedback. When we advise, we are more likely to guide the other person.
Feedback can often get a vague comment and may not be of any help whereas when asked for advice on a certain thing we’d get more of a direction and verbal assistance. When you want somebody to improve or get better in their actions in the future, you give advice. Feedback is so much like a comment that you make for something or someone based on their past actions that won’t lead them anywhere.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that you should give feedback only when asked to. Moreover, when you wish to give advice, ask for permission first. It should not look like you are forcing your thoughts on the other person unnecessarily. Nobody really appreciate unsolicited suggestions.
Whether genuine feedback or a wise piece of advice, do keep in mind to have the right choice of words and correct timing. Stay casual with what you say and don’t be so destructive. And, always remember that feedback is a mere perception and not a fact to be disheartened by.