How to get better feedback

The opinion of another person can be tremendously helpful, but it also can be hurtful, discouraging, or simply useless. Writing for Fast Company, Elizabeth Grace Saunders outlines a few key ways to determine whether it’s a good time to seek feedback. Positive reinforcement is often helpful when you’re starting a new task, she writes, but criticism may become more helpful instead as you gain experience. Feedback’s effectiveness also is limited by your willingness to change, Saunders writes. In other words, if you’re not ready for criticism, it might not help you. Furthermore, the best type of feedback might depend on your personality – so make sure to let people know how best to communicate with you.

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