Getting Negative feedbacks is unavoidable and of course nobody likes to hear criticism, but it’s important to understand that it is necessary and that it can help our development in points that are still unripe in our careers.
Negative feedback should not make the person lose their motivation or trust in their own abilities. That’s why we’ve selected some tips that will help you react with professionalism when you receive it.
Here are five ways you can handle negative feedbacks
Don’t be in a hurry to respond
Take some time to respond to the negative feedback. During that time, think and reflect o the kind of response you want to give. Brashness can ruin many relationships, including at work.
Don’t even try to refute it right away, make up excuses, or blame other people for the situation.
Taking some time to think and reflect upon it will make your response wiser and more credible.
Psychologists call this transformation cognitive reevaluation, when people start to view the feedback as something useful and beneficial for their evolution.
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During the time between responding to the feedback, do well to understand the situation properly.
If someone complains about your content or results, ask more detailed questions, such as:
- Which periods weren’t satisfactory?
- What was the expectation?
- What do you think I could have done differently?
This way, the feedback leaves the abstract sphere and becomes tangible information.
Also understand if the person giving the feedback has the qualifications to do so, If the person doesn’t have the capacity to make such criticism, point it out to them in the most polite manner and let the matter go
Show that you’re willing to change
Its hard to see or notice our mistakes and if someone is willing to point it to you, accept it and make conscious effort to improve on it.
Try to put in effort by researching and studying publications or courses that would help improve your capabilities.
Don’t feel like a victim
Do not ever feel like a victim. Good criticism is good for you and reacting negatively to it shows you are not matured and not interested with improvement.
Criticism shouldn’t be a source of anger or apathy, but rather a lever that will challenge you to achieve new goals.
Say “Thank you”
Saying thank you in after a criticism shows you are in control and open to change. It disarms the critic and helps reduce the tension created by the critic.
If the person who made the comment wanted to help, gratitude is in order, as they’ve set aside part of their time to help you in some way.
If the comment wasn’t given with the intention of helping, thank the attitude and close the subject. Sometimes, people use criticism to try to create quarrels and disagreements, and, when you thank them, you avoid the needless conflict.
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