In order to work effectively with readers, I’ve learned that I need to be approachable but firm. I have worked with readers who are close to my age, sometimes even my academic peers. It is ok to be friends, but at the end of the day it’s a question of whether you’re working effectively. It is also very important that I know what I aim to accomplish with my readers. Having a clear expectations and goals for the readers prevents our time from becoming disorganized.
Another challenge is learning to work people with different personalities, communication styles, educational backgrounds, and interests. One thing I have learned is how to adapt my critiquing style based on a person’s personality. Giving the same criticism to person A and person B could have very different effects. Something that could make person B cry might not phase person A at all. It all comes down to communication styles and learning how to adapt to or circumvent differences.
Patience is probably the most important thing you can learn. It can be very frustrating to work through someone else, especially when you can become limited by what they don’t understand. The fact of the matter is, you need to learn to adapt, to capitalize upon different readers strengths, and be patient when problems arise.