Before you share your first draft, check your work. If you have time, sleep on it.
- A fresh pair of eyes gives a new perspective and will make it easier to identify any obvious mistakes.
- Think about whether your structure is really easy to follow.
- Challenge yourself to edit. Have you used three words when one would do? Have you used information that, although interesting, doesn’t necessarily advance your argument?
- Do you have a plan to fill in any gaps?
- Be clear what feedback you’re asking for. Is it on the tone, content or structure? Or asking for a steer on the policy? Asking for next advice on next steps.
Now that you have checked your draft, ask a colleague if they have time to help you improve your work.
What advice do you have for handling positive, constructive and negative feedback so that you learn and improve your document?