Everyone is a critic. Especially in today’s online faceless world. Accepting and handling criticism is a great way to get ahead in today’s business world.
It doesn’t matter how well you do your work or how great you have lived your life. The truth of the matter is, you will not be able to please everyone.
Yes, there will be people who will applaud you for what you have done. Some will have great praises to throw your way.
However, you will always receive the other kind of feedback known as criticism.
Some criticisms will be constructive. Meant to build you up and help you. Often times you can’t pick the kind of criticism you’ll receive, so you (unfortunately) have to get used to being on the receiving end of bad and destructive criticism from time to time. Here are some tips to help when that happens.
Shrug It Off
It is not easy to shrug off criticism and feel as though it bears you no pain, but it’s something that will help you in the long-run. It’s the mature thing to do, and more importantly, being able to do this means that you are strong and secure about yourself and your capabilities. Hurtful words will always find their way to you. When this happens, you have to learn to shrug it off and just move on ahead.
Even if it hurts, it’s important to listen intently and try to absorb what they are saying in a way that will benefit you. Many are quick to reject whatever is being said to them if they do not agree. They fail to see the silver lining. Stop for a moment and hear what they have to say. Do not take it personally.
Although there will be some people whose main goal is to hurt you, you should understand that not all criticism is meant to hurt and you shouldn’t take it personally.
People like your professional colleagues, superiors, even family and friends, want to see you become a better person. When they say something about your work, don’t be too quick on the defensive because there may not be a fight that you have to engage in.
After listening to what they have to say, try to look into your life to see what they mean. Try to find meaning with what they have to say and see how you can apply their criticism with your own life. Are they speaking some form of truth? You have to be at least a little honest with yourself because you can only better yourself when you admit faults and inefficiencies.
Try to see things from a different perspective.
Put yourself in the shoes of the person who gave you the critique. The criticism may be a little tough to take but if you learn from your mistakes, you can always make yourself come out on top. Handling and accepting criticism takes a different perspective.
Be professional about it.
It doesn’t matter how awful the criticism was; you really just have to be graceful about it. Act as if it doesn’t affect you. It is okay to frown or ask questions for clarification. Don’t go on the defensive, roll your eyes, or throw a fit.
The best answer to criticism is a smile. Show them you are accepting and listening. You don’t have to have an emotional breakdown about it. Definitely, don’t throw a tantrum and make everyone know that you are disappointed.
Most importantly, criticism is a great way to learn how to improve your skills, your craft, and how to make your customers happy because there is room to grow in the words that are given to you as well as within the situation of handling the criticism.