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July 18, 2013

How to Recover from Negative Criticism

At some point, almost everyone will have to deal with negative criticism. And when that happens, it can be too easy to immediately respond by taking a defensive stance. Even when criticism is constructive, no one wants to receive negative feedback regarding his or her efforts at work. Here are some ways to recover from negative criticism while turning it into a learning experience for everyone.Slide 118 #3

Maintain an Objective View

Sometimes, a person’s reaction to negative criticism is due to their emotional attachment to the project or task being critiqued. Instead of focusing on the negative connotations, try to remain objective enough to find constructive information. Negative criticism does not always mean that your work was a failure. Analyze the criticism to find out what information can be gleaned when it is viewed objectively. Then, use this information to begin taking the appropriate steps to correct the problem or make improvements.

Vent Frustrations Constructively

When presented with negative criticism, it is important to avoid acting defensively toward your critic. Whether it is your manager or a customer, you will need to remain calm enough to fully understand their message. If necessary, find another outlet for your frustration by relaying the criticism to a trusted mentor or friend and asking their opinion about its credibility. Take a walk or hit the gym to relieve any frustration you may be feeling. Sometimes, stepping away from the situation can allow you to develop further insight that will aid you in finding a solution.

Gracefully Respond

If the negative criticism has some merit, and it often does, take the appropriate measures to correct it. Whether you need to revise your work techniques, address a misunderstanding, or implement a new strategy, doing so will turn negative feedback into a positive experience. Then, take the time to let your critic know how their advice has been handled. Even if the criticism was especially negative, you may still impress them with your grace and willingness to consider their advice. This will not only allow you to mend any professional ties, but it will also help you walk away from the experience with new insight and confidence.

In the words of the notable clergyman Norman Vincent Peale, “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”



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