Reducing Negative Comments
One of the things I did as a SU
Director was announce during our last meeting prior to a major
event (shortened version):
- Is there anything anyone
can think of that we haven't? This is your last chance.
After this, we accept no more input as to what we should
- Rest assured, something
unexpected will happen. Let's all relax and work together
to deal with it.
- Do not criticize the
person/committee in charge. If you have any concerns,
please see me. S/he/they have volunteered extra time to
make this happen, and s/he/they deserve our support, not
- Any negative comments I
receive I will interpret as volunteering to be in charge
of next year's event because you obviously have some
- We will solicit
constructive ideas for next year. Please phrase them in a
It has helped cut down the
There are times when one can't
be pro-active. The negative comments hit me like someone punched
me in the stomach.