While no one enjoys receiving criticism, it’s impossible to grow and progress without it. At the same time, people are generally reluctant to offer critical feedback, because it’s hard to tell how the other party will receive it. If you genuinely want to improve yourself professionally, you need to encourage feedback from others. Take what they say and utilize it to improve your weaknesses. Here are some tips to help you get better at accepting feedback.

Express Gratitude When You Receive It

When someone offers you feedback, hear them out fully before you respond. If you react to their words by defending your actions or telling them that they are wrong, they won’t want to offer criticism in the future. However, if you express your gratitude and show them that you are going to take their words to heart and change, they will be just as invested in your growth as you are. They will want to stay connected and see how you grow in your career.

Access A Different Perspective

Instead of letting your emotions take over, use the experience to learn more about how others view you. Getting feedback isn’t just about learning from your errors. It’s also about learning how others are interpreting your actions. If you do not have the desired influence you want among your coworkers, try to understand how others perceive you. That way you’ll know what you need to accomplish to change their perception of you.

Ask Questions

When you ask questions about the feedback, you show the other person that you’re receptive to what they are saying. Show them that you value the insight they are providing. Ask them for advice on how they would have handled the situation or how they would have avoided it. This will encourage them to offer more in the future when they see the areas you need to improve in. When you respond to feedback, you also give yourself time to process what the other party said.

Cool Off

In some instances, you may feel that the person offering the feedback is wrong. That you need to explain yourself and your reasoning for what you did. Even in this case, you should still express gratitude and step away from the conversation on good terms. Responding with anger or frustration will only result in turning the situation into a confrontation. Take the time to cool down and think about what was said. This will help you develop a rational and evidence-based response that you can give to the other person later on.

The key to inviting more feedback is to be open to it when you receive it. The more you learn from others, the more you will grow as a professional. By accepting insights with graciousness, you will open yourself up to more feedback that will help you become successful in the future.