How to Take Negative Feedback Onboard

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Receiving negative feedback is never a pleasant experience. Even if it’s delivered in a respectful manner with the best of intentions, nobody likes to hear that they’ve failed or done a bad job.

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How to Take Negative Feedback Onboard

However, any time you receive negative feedback is an opportunity to learn and grow, as long as you respond in the right way. The first challenge is learning how to handle the feedback itself.

It’s understandable that you might feel hurt or ashamed when being told what you’ve done wrong, but by listening carefully and not reacting immediately, you’ll give yourself a better chance of making amends. Take a deep breath and keep your body language open and positive, and whatever you may be thinking inside, at the end of the conversation, thank the other person for their feedback.

Afterwards, if you have any questions, make sure you’re clear on what the issue is and what you can do about it. It may also help to get impartial and honest advice from someone you trust. Make sure you do follow-up on the issue, breaking it down into manageable chunks and arranging a catch-up meeting to keep the others up to date with your progress.

With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to correcting whatever the issue was and proving that you can take negative feedback onboard and turn it into a positive.

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James Ellaby


James Ellaby is a trained journalist with over 15 years of experience writing about business, entertainment and technology.


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