You must have faced some degree of professional criticism in your life at some point. But this, of course, does not mean the end of all your professional aspirations and goals. Although criticisms do tend to demotivate us, when taken in a positive light, you can really turn criticism into constructive criticism to bridge the knowledge that you may be lacking.

So, how can you deal with professional criticism?

Hold your anger

Often when faced with criticism, people tend to get defensive or angry, and when this happens, they are less likely to understand what the other party wants to say. Your emotions could sway your rationality away, and this is something that you must avoid at all costs. Take deep breaths, pause, talk to yourself calmly, or even schedule the meeting for another time when you think you are ready for the conversation.

Do not take professional criticism personally

Even though you must hate the idea of being criticised, remember that it might help you in the future. It could happen that the critic genuinely wishes to give you constructive criticism which will help you cope as a professional in your area of expertise.

Be thankful

Consider the critic an ally, not an adversary. The proper answer to professional criticism is to thank the critic and demonstrate that your partnership with them is secure. This will be easier if you tell yourself that constructive criticism is an expression of care. At the very least, your work was evaluated by the critics. At best, they truly wish to assist.

Ask questions

Clarifying queries and emphasizing on details are the two basic ways to communicate with a critic. With comprehensive inquiries, you can shift the focus from the problem to the strategies for correcting it, and, most importantly, how to avoid repeating it in the future. Next, concentrate on the actions that are demanded of you as well as the aspects that impede you from performing your work adequately.

Voice your opinion 

Some critical remarks contradict our perspectives and opinions regarding the unique scenario. As a result, it is critical to express your thoughts and feelings openly. When you have the opportunity to be heard, do not be scared to speak up. There is no reason to dismiss your emotions if you feel that your work can also be viewed in another light. Remember to voice your opinions tactfully and respectfully.

Think over 

While not all criticism will be valid, it is essential to consider that you cannot learn something new unless you practise, make mistakes, and sometimes fail. Viewing these events, as well as constructive criticism that comes with them, as an opportunity might help you avoid taking the criticism personally, allowing you to respond positively and take action.


Taking criticism in a positive light is essential, but if this bothers you too much, then you could either talk to a professional, a friend, or even the critic.

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