Early in my career, I used to respond to negative feedback right away because I always felt that there is another side to the story that my manager doesn’t know about.
However, later I realized, as much as it is hard to receive negative feedback, delivering is not easy either. Good managers prepare and deliver constructive feedback thoughtfully.
When you are on the receiving end, it’s essential to handle it with grace. I know, this is easier said than done.
Here are some techniques that have helped me navigate these conversations.
😌 Resist the urge to defend it immediately:
It’s natural to feel defensive when faced with criticism, but reacting impulsively can escalate the situation. Take a deep breath, and remind yourself that feedback is an opportunity for growth and improvement.
🙏 Thank them for the feedback:
Expressing gratitude for the feedback, even if it’s not what we want to hear, shows humility and a willingness to learn. A simple “Thank you for sharing your perspective” goes a long way.
🧘♂️ Internalize it and reflect on it the next day:
Sometimes, the initial blow of negative feedback can stop us from processing it rationally. Instead of going deep into it immediately, take some time to digest the feedback and reflect on it the next day. This has helped me look at the feedback more objectively.
👀 Watch your emotions:
Negative feedback can trigger frustration, disappointment, or even anger. However, try to stay calm, listen actively, and focus on understanding the feedback’s essence.
What else has worked for you when faced with negative feedback?