How to Receive Feedback – 5 Tips to Make it a Positive Experience and Improve Yourself


Feedback - Learn to listen to criticism, it will help you improve!

People who know how to receive feedback from their supervisors manage to overcome any obstacle and carry out their work better.

Knowing how to listen and learn from the criticisms your boss or supervisor makes is not an easy task for anyone. In order to know how to use feedback or comments in a constructive way, to improve your work performance, you must take into account some aspects regarding how to receive feedback.

1. Listen

The first and most important thing you should do is listen attentively to the person who is criticizing you. Don’t just listen - you need to understand each statement. It is also necessary that you process what they are saying and try to imagine the reasons behind their comments, the motivation behind the feedback. If you have any questions, ask them at the end.

2. Do not rationalize.

Do not try to rationalize or justify all your faults and all the comments your boss/supervisor makes about you. This will only make you defensive, as if you are not ready and willing to accept the feedback at all.

It is good to try and explain your point of view on some aspects, but do not be fussy about the comments in your eagerness to show that you are right. Accept that everyone has flaws and, instead of blaming yours on others, try to acknowledge and improve them.

3. Do not blame others.

Blaming others is one of the worst things you can do when you are receiving feedback or comments about your work. Remember that the information your boss or supervisor is giving you is about your performance and the quality of the work you have delivered.

4. Show interest.

When listening to your boss, look him in the eyes and try to express as much interest as possible. Remember that you are there to listen to what you should hear.

5. Do not attack.

Remember that you should not attack your boss or supervisor or feel resentful. He/she is the one who should give you feedback and you should limit yourself to listening and identifying ways you can improve.



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