If you’re behind a microphone, in whatever capacity in whatever particular field of broadcasting, then there are two things you will not be able to escape.
The first of these is that your voice will not sound the same when you listen back to your work. This can make you cringe and a little self-conscious. But you’ll get used to it. It’s actually helpful to hear back what you’ve recorded.
The other thing you’ll face is criticism.
There are two types of criticism you can face. One of these is actually super helpful and you should bare it in mind to help you grow. The other can be harmful. So it’s important to know the difference, and then to train yourself to block the latter out.
1.) CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM
Constructive criticism is good. With this, people are listening to your podcast and giving you their honest opinions on how you can make it better for them.
Different people will have different opinions, so it’s good to get a wide variety of constructive criticism. It is designed to help push you and make you better. And to make your podcast better.
2.) NEGATIVE CRITICISM
Negative criticism shouldn’t be a thing, but unfortunately, it can happen. This is only designed to annoy you and bring you down.
HOW TO DEAL WITH CRITICISM
However, criticism of you can happen, be it constructive or negative. But when somebody ever criticizes me personally, then I have two options.
I can choose to ignore the criticism. Some people are only ever happy when they are unhappy. These people love to moan and might feel like they are an expert at everything. So they have opinions about how best to do the job you do. But they are not actually doing your job. And there is a reason for that.
So take solace in the fact that they are listening to you. And you’ve done enough for them to form an opinion of you or your show. That means you’ve had an impact!
Engage With It??
You can decide to actually engage with the criticism, but you should beware of what comes with that.
I have done this. I have called up a texter who has sent in criticism and I have replied to tweets and Facebook messages. I’ve opened a dialogue.
If you decide to engage, the key is to be professional at all times. Don’t lower yourself to their level, and plan your response. I normally find the people I have engaged with tend to stop criticizing.
If you engage and do it well, you can win them over. You can turn negative criticism into constructive criticism.
THEY ARE YOUR LISTENER, YOU’RE NOT THEIR LISTENER
No matter what kind of criticism you receive, and no matter how you react to it, it’s important to remember one thing. They are your listener, you’re not their listener.
I always have this thought in my mind when any criticism comes my way. You are talking about me, I am not talking about you. This is not me being arrogant, this is me merely pointing out the fact that I am behind a mic doing the job I love to do. And I have worked very hard to do this.
I’m having an impact, people are listening and forming an opinion about me which is exactly what I want. So to critics, I say, thank you for listening and talking about me, it shows I am doing something right.
So if you are behind a mic in whatever capacity and somebody criticizes you, deal with it and get on with the job. They are listening to you, not the other way round.
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