Good Reviews

Good reviews evaluate and educate, entertain and enlighten, encourage and edify, as well as inform, influence, and inspire. Ideally, what is shared is done in a manner that others enjoy, appreciate, and benefit from receiving. Benjamin Franklin said:

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.”

Our (public) reputation is among our most valuable social assets – and what others think and say about us is a form of currency that often determines how much of any other kind we may have access to.

Problems are opportunities for improvement – and mutual satisfaction. Much more constructive than criticism and complaints are convincing compliments and creating incentive to improve and interact further.

Everyone actually wants the same thing – to have an ongoing satisfying relationship. It may not take much – to create, maintain, or lose this. Everyone involved would benefit from seeing themselves on the same “side” and asking for or presenting options – for how each of them may be able to help the other get what they really need, want, or desire.

The value of a review, recommendation, testimonial, or endorsement is more than just someone sharing their individual experience or providing patron perspective, perception, and preferences; it’s also a potential win-win-win for the reader, writer, and who or what is written about.

Readers often receive desired and helpful information from reviews and reports that they might not otherwise. The writer not only can share their opinion and what they may know (that others might not) but also allow others to get to know them. Promoting others is often the best way to promote oneself. And the focus of a review gets feedback and attention that they might not otherwise. All thus have an opportunity to learn, benefit, and hopefully improve something of their own as a result.

Criteria to Consider including in Reviews of Restaurants/Venues:

Basic Overview: Available Food, Drinks, Music or Entertainment
Schedule/Availability: Hours, Events, Best Times, Requirements
Cost: Admission, Food, Drinks, Parking, Specials, Discounts
Recommendations: Favorites, Tips, Suggestions
Specifics: Size, Quality, Cleanliness, Access
Facilities: Restrooms, Seating, Lighting
Logistics: Transportation, Parking
Ratios: Age, Gender, Experience

Criteria to Consider including in Product & Service Reviews:

Purpose
Performance
Strengths
Weaknesses
Experience
Recommendations

Criteria to Consider including in Book, Movie, Music Reviews:

Genre
Theme/Focus
Plot/Structure
Characters/Performers
Background/Context
Memorable Lines/Lyrics
Issues Addressed
Controversies
Opinions

Criteria to Consider including in Testimonials & Endorsements:

Prior Situation
Experience/Help Received
Difference Made
Success/Result Achieved

YOUR comments and contributions to my pages, posts, and reviews are always welcome. Personal testimonials regarding how anything I have written benefited or inspired YOU in some are very much appreciated.

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