Accepting Feedback (The positive kind!)

Guest Post by Judi Moreo

How are you accepting feedback? Positive feedback, that is.

It’s amazing how few people know how to handle positive feedback.  Actually, it’s as much of an art as handling criticism. And, how you handle it will determine how much more of it you receive.

If someone says thank you to you for something you went out of your way to do for them, for goodness sake, don’t say, “It wasn’t anything,” “It was no big deal,” or ”Oh, anyone could have done it.” It will seem as though the thank you that was given wasn’t really necessary, so next time the person may not feel the need to say thank you.   Say instead, “Thank you.  I am so glad you noticed.”

If the person writes you a letter, memo, or email thanking you for something you did, it is good manners to acknowledge it with a card, return email, or phone call and once again, all you need to say is, “I received your letter and would like to let you know that I so appreciate you noticing my efforts.”

We all like to hear when we are doing well.  It lets us know our work is appreciated.  Unfortunately, we tend to receive more negative feedback than positive.  That is why it is so important to acknowledge the positive feedback when you receive it and reinforce its importance to the person who gave it.

Is accepting feedback difficult for you? How do you respond to positive feedback?

Judi Moreo is one of America’s foremost Personal Development experts and the author of the best selling book, You Are More Than Enough:  Every Woman’s Guide to Purpose, Passion, and Power and its companion, the Achievement Journal. Click here to learn more about Judi.

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