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How to Get the Feedback You Really Need to Know

By: Joelle K. Jay, PhD
Posted: December 1, 2011, from the December 2011 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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3. Do save your feedback for a specific time set aside for review and reflection. Take the time to get in the right mindset to hear both good and bad news, and be sure you have enough time to work with the information productively.

4. Do seek further detail and clarification as needed. You may come across feedback you don’t really understand. Don’t just speculate; go find out.

5. Do take notes and explore your observations. Your feedback isn’t the final word on you—it’s just a place to start. Add your own insights to what you learn in order to make sense of it and find the real learning.

6. Don’t choose too many areas to work on. Every comment, good or bad, can be a place to look for improvement. Be careful not to get caught in analysis paralysis.

7. Don’t focus on the “bad stuff.” It’s easy to get sidetracked by fixating on what’s not going well. Even when you get harsh feedback, you can learn to put it in perspective.