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The art of learning from criticism and what you can take from it

No one likes to be criticised. The last thing you want in the workplace after working hard on a project or task is to have your efforts criticised. However, taking on board this criticism and analysing it can help you perform better at a later stage. After all, you sometimes have to fail to move forward. Taking away the negative spin on criticism can be the first step in turning this feedback into something more positive. Often criticism delivered in a constructive way can be invaluable and below are just a few ways that you can use this feedback to your advantage.

1). Stop and listen to what the person giving the feedback has to say. All too often when being told something we’d rather not hear, our natural reaction is to immediately go on the defensive and counter this feedback with a reason why. By taking a moment to properly listen to and digest the feedback being imparted to you allows you to identify the key points being made. By not listening you could miss a great opportunity on how to do something better and if missed altogether may lead to you making the same mistake again.

2). Ensure that you’ve understood correctly and question if you are not sure. If you’ve received feedback and don’t fully understand the person's point, make sure that you question them so that you fully understand. Engaging in a debate at this point, ensuring it’s a positive one, allows for a constructive conversation and allows you to ask further reaching questions and explain your initial thoughts. By opening up to the conversation can allow for better quality feedback and allow for a more open-minded discussion.

3). Ensure that you always say thank you. It might be hard to accept criticism but by giving the person delivering it the time of day can afford you an opportunity to receive some good advice. Sometimes criticism may come from someone you don’t personally see eye to eye with, but rather than being closed, ensure you keep the conversation positive and always make an effort to thank someone for their feedback.

4). Follow up on the feedback. Say, for example, the feedback comes off the back of a presentation. One good way to validate your learnings is to ask the original person to sit in on your next presentation to observe. This is a great way to see if you have improved the area questioned and acts as a great review point. At the end of the day, constructive criticism usually comes off the back of someone wanting you to succeed. By taking a moment to listen and bank this feedback for future reference you lessen the chances of the same problem arising again. Ultimately received well, good constructive criticism can help you to succeed. At Big Motoring World we are always on the lookout for talented team members. If you are looking for an exciting opportunity in the automotive industry we would like to hear from you. To discover more, please take a moment to visit our recruitment section over on our website, here.