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Whenever we are learning a new skill it invariably takes consistent effort and time. When practicing receiving criticism well, be patient with both yourself and the process. Transformation may not come overnight but with consistent effort you’ll reach a stage where you don’t even have

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Let’s be frank – it’s never easy to receive criticism and most of the time it brings up very uncomfortable feelings. The good news is that with practice such as role play (never underestimate its power!) and with doing things such as inviting criticism from

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Spend five minutes writing down how, by using the steps outlined in this series, you could feel the way you want to after receiving criticism (as revealed in doing yesterday’s ‘in action’ exercise).   Did doing today’s exercise motivate you to continue practicing to receive criticism well in

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When you role played saying sorry, asking for feedback and saying thank you did you think the conversation was realistic? If not, why not? How do you think emotion would impact the conversation? Role play again, this time with the person delivering criticism being more

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It’s natural to sometimes feel anxious or stressed when receiving criticism however we should never underestimate the impact anxiety and stress has on us. Both stress and anxiety can have far-reaching effects which can seep into almost all areas of our life, leaving us feeling

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The most natural reaction to criticism is to feel awful or angry. The beauty about using assertiveness techniques is that it exposes whether the criticism is justified or not and, knowing this, you are then able to decide whether to take it on board or

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Last week we looked at asking questions to those that criticize us (negative inquiry). This week we explore how to agree with valid criticism, a technique called negative assertion.   The following steps are only relevant to situations where you believe the criticism not to be malicious

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Whenever I receive criticism it always helps – once I’ve digested things mind you – to talk it through with a friend. It’s important when considering which friend to talk it through with that you choose carefully. Someone too blunt and it can make your

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