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It's undeniable that every activity we do, people will tend to give feedback or judgement. These kind of feedback might be positive or complaints. Even if you are not asking for any feedback, it is better if you can wisely react and respond to all received feedback. Especially if this related with presentation session that you've done.

Feedback meaning some people care about you!

One thing for sure about feedback is that somebody pay special attention toward what you are doing and make you as the focus of their thought/consideration. Therefore, don't take it too far with negative perspective. Appreciate and give thanks to all feedbacks by assuming that they care for what you do. It certainly will bring a lot better situation rather than vice versa.

Do assess back the incoming feedback (filtering)

Next step, you need to carefully filter the core meaning in every feedback. You should put aside about who is the person throwing that feedback because it will just make you tend to respond subjectively. Ask yourself these following questions when doing such assessment:

  • Do the feedback really support a better output or activity outcomes?
  • What are the the differentiator between your previous strategies compared with new suggested strategies from the feedback?
  • What kind of positive result will be happen if we implement the suggested feedback from the beginning?
  • What did you learn from the feedback itself?
  • Can you use the same feedback for similar activities in the future?

Cold head / stay calm

Even if the feedback is quite hurtful or harsh toward yourself, it's your choice to take best option not to hurt back. Responding with calm/cold head is the most suggested solution to prevent you from regretful. You can define cold head phrase as a way to react calm rather than being carried away by negative emotions that mostly end with anger. Take a break time to think and hold all of your negative emotions. Remember, our words can kill ourselves. Prevent yourself from negative emotions for a few minutes can save your future. On the other hand, responding with such a cold head can shows your different character from the one who gives you those harsh feedback (bet you are certainly didn't want to be similar with them, right?)

Proactively ask first

If you love to have continuous improvement, then it's time to proactively ask the feedback first to some parties that you think are objective enough. No need to worry if those feedback will conclude your activity as a failure. By listening carefully to somebody's point of view then you will have the opportunity to get a different mindset, not literally imprisoned with your own personal view.

At last, there will be no benefit (ever) if we choose to stay with negative mindset towards all feedback/judgement. Similar to your presentation activities that you are routinely do. The more feedbacks received, the better learning process will be. If you are interested in getting a different perspective toward presentation design, don't hesitate to contact DoctorSlide team.

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