As performers we crave recognition and accolades. But what happens when we hear criticism? More often than not we are upset and disappointed in our work. However, listening to criticism is essential to improving our skills. Today, let’s review how best to accept and capitalize on the notes from our audience.
1. Take It With a Grain of Salt: People love to hear themselves talk and some are more opinionated than others. If you feel happy with your performance than accept their criticism with grace but don’t let it bring you down. Never let one person make you doubt yourself and your talents.
2. Write Notes: If the criticism is coming from someone you respect and can learn from make sure you take note of what they are saying. Write down their suggestions and go home and work on their ideas. It could lead to a whole new perspective on your character and your career.
3. Give Thanks: If someone is bold enough to criticize your performance it is most likely because they are looking out for you and want you to succeed. Accept their critique with thanks and gratitude. You can only become a better person and better performer by learning from experience.