How to Use Feedback

We tend to depend on feedback to decide whether an idea is valid or whether it should be tossed aside.  Over time, I have learned that negative feedback is considered to be criticism. There is even a special name for it. It is called “constructive criticism”, but what does that actually mean? Criticism is not constructive unless you know how to use feedback to build on your success.

Gathering both positive and negative feedback is indeed an important part of forming ideas, both in business and in every day life. It should not be confused with validation.

Negative feedback should be used, not argued.I’ve trained myself to abstain from replying to the feedback of others. It doesn’t matter whether I hear it, or read it.  I collect this information in order to use feedback. I analyze it, and put the results into action.

How to Use Feedback Constructively

Ask yourself:

  • Why did I ask for feedback (not sure, different views, spot checking, opinions)?
  • What can I accomplish with it?

Remember: Feedback is not only about validation.

 

When compiling feedback, go through the answers you receive and ask yourself:

Should I respond to it with anything with another question (another feedback request),  or simply thank the responder for their input?

Whether it is positive or negative, we must stop arguing about it, and learn how to respond to and use feedback.

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Francis Suarez
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