Feedback makes the world go around, and let’s be honest, many of us feel pretty unskilled at feedback - both at giving and receiving. As technologists, we thrive on experimenting, learning, and adjusting, which we cannot do without the input and perspectives of others around us. So if feedback is critical to us growing and thriving, if feedback is truly a “gift”, what’s the deal? Why isn’t everyone wholeheartedly and excitedly showering each other with feedback all the time? In my experience, feedback isn’t happening because feedback feels risky, vulnerable, scary, even downright anxiety-inducing. Feedback is also something we’re not trained to do well if at all. Bad practices like the “feedback sh*t sandwich” is still common practice. It may even feel like a personal and professional bear trap! In this session, we’ll warm up with an overview of what feedback is and is not. We’ll also review the qualities of high-quality feedback, as well as the other kinds of feedback so you know the difference.