Once, I read that there is really nothing constructive about constructive criticism. No matter how you sandwich it between two compliments, it stings. Still, no one is perfect and feedback will come. Don’t be the one who runs and pouts when criticism comes your way. Instead, be the one who takes it like a winner. Here are two ways to do so:
- Avoid Negative Reactions. In fact, if you can avoid any reaction, do so. This isn’t the time for blame or justifications. Oh, I’m sure you’re not at fault—ever. (I say this to myself, too.J) But the truth is, we do make mistakes. Winners don’t react (or attack) verbally or physically. Even if you’re able to bite your tongue, don’t roll your eyes. Your body language needs to be positive, too.
- Ask Questions. Don’t just take the feedback and slink away. Ask for suggested improvements or what the person giving the feedback recommends if they were in your shoes. Inquiring about how you can improve demonstrates that you’re not down for the count but rather rising to the occasion, just as a winner should.