Ep. 45 When You Get Tough Feedback

How many of you have had the experience where you have just finished a performance of some kind, and you run up to someone who watched it and asked, “What did you think?” and then they proceeded to make a negative comment? Uhhh it was fine. Wasn’t your best performance but it was pretty good.
Or you’ve had a coaching session with either an internal or outside coach, and they have delivered harsh feedback that you weren’t expecting? That wasn’t it at all!Or you finish a round at competition and feel so good about it only to see your marks and get deflated by low scores.

Tough feedback is hard. We’ve all had it. Even those people who you think are so good and so skilled, have had hard feedback. So what do we do with that?

I want to speak to this and give you some guidance.

  1. Just have your emotional response. Getting hard feedback does not feel good. You are a human and it can hurt to hear something like that. Some people have learned to let it roll off their back, and in the work I do with private clients I teach them how to get there, but don’t expect that you are going to hear something tough and not feel something. Only sociopaths don’t feel emotion.
  2. Consider the source. Is this person an expert? Did we hire them to help make us better or is this just a random person making a comment? Is this friends and family? Is this someone close to you who thinks they have the right to be critical? Is this someone who is always critical? Does this person care about your well being, like really care about you? Because hopefully an expert or coach that we have enlisted to help us can deliver feedback with a healthy dose of what you are doing well and not only what we need to adjust. Hopefully they can also deliver bad news with grace, but not always. So keep in mind if you have asked them to deliver this to you…which leads to point 3
  3. What is their intention? When you have hired an expert, or they are your coach, you have hired them to help you improve. So they are definitely going to bring up what needs work. Be prepared for that. You have a choice if you are going to take it personally or not, so I recommend you don’t. It’s just data. It’s a puzzle we are putting together and they are helping us with the pieces. Don’t make it about you and get stuck in drama. If this is not someone you have hired, let’s say it’s friends or family or even another dancer. What is their intention? When you asked for feedback, maybe they were thinking you wanted to know how to make it better. Maybe they didn’t realize you just wanted to know if they enjoyed it or not. Were they trying to help? Were they trying to be an insider? Were they trying to be an expert for you? Candle-blower outers. Some people see you happy, energized, successful, or doing something they aren’t willing to do…or are jealous of you and they just kind of want to blow out your candle.  Sometimes these people offer feedback even without you asking.

Here are some recommendations for you

When you are asking for feedback, or commentary, remember that you can’t control what you might get back. Don’t ask for it if you aren’t in a place to receive it. If you have hired someone with expertise, brace yourself and get yourself into a place mentally where you remind yourself it’s not personal, we want to get better, and they might deliver it in ways that don’t feel good.

If you know you are talking to people who are often critical, who you have not specifically asked for help, don’t ask them for their thoughts. And if you haven’t asked for feedback and they are just giving it, remind yourself that you didn’t ask and that you don’t have to receive it. I don’t receive that. Let it fall to the floor.

Everyone is going to have an opinion of what you do or how you performed. They are going to be all over the place. I recommend you always prioritize the opinions of people who love you, genuinely care about you and your progress, and because of that, they know how to deliver it in a productive way. Hopefully that includes yourself.

Remember why you are doing this. Dancing is a container for your personal growth. Growth is uncomfortable sometimes. That is what stretches you. Just be selective about who you take advice from. The rest you can let go and not get caught up in it.


It’s time to

Level Up!

Isn’t it time you took your dancing to the next level? Your head is what’s in the way and I can help. The fastest way to overcome your head drama is to schedule a strategy call. It’s free, it’s fun, and we can skip right to addressing the specific obstacles to YOUR ballroom success. You’ve got nothing to lose!

Share this post

Hi there,

I'm Amber haider

As an amateur ballroom dancer myself, I understand the issues that come up for dancers, the pressures of competing, and the desire to make the most of my ballroom experience. I also really like to WIN! As a Life Coach by vocation, I have the tools to cut through the mental garbage that is holding you back so that you can maximize your potential. Using my own tools, I have been able to skyrocket my own skills, learn faster, lessen the pressure, win more and have tons more fun. I can show you the way. Here’s a couple tools to get you started:

You’re almost there...

Just enter your information below.

I am excited to help you bounce back!
By signing up for this, you give us permission to email you about our products and services - don't worry, we make it very easy to unsubscribe if it gets too much.