How to give feedback to a colleague over a minor, repeat issue

Written by: Sapphire Li, BA

Communications specialist, 8+ years writing and copywriting for companies
Here's everything you do that bothers me
Quote something they said or factually, briefly describe something they did.

I think this came across a bit harsher than intended.1
Not a big deal, just comments like this can take their toll over time.2
I think something like:
"The red colors in our brand book changed recently. Can you pick a shade from there?"
can get the same point across.
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1.   Even if they have a pattern of doing this, just mention the most recent time it happened. Making generalizations like "some of your comments" can turn their focus to defending how often they do it.

2.   Lightly explain the negative effects it can have.

3.   Acknowledge it's not a serious issue if it isn't so defensive reactions are less likely to get in the way.

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