Receiving Feedback

A guide on how to receive feedback effectively through preparation, execution, and follow-up. Access Github Repo.
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  • Prepare yourself by getting into a calm and reflective mindset
  • Don't create expectations of what the feedback should be
    • It’s not the giver’s role to say what you want to hear, but offer you a different perspective other than your own.


  • Actively listen to what they are saying
    • It requires you as the listener to fully concentrate, understand, and then remember what is being said.
  • Provide small responses to show that you are listening and understanding
    • Eye contact, nodding your head, and saying small things like "I see", "I hear you", "Yep", or even "Hmm" are indicators that you are following the conversation.
  • Don't dismiss or react to feedback at the moment it's being given
    • Try to absorb, understand, and reflect upon it. Sometimes, after a while, something that didn’t make sense then, makes sense now. Take your time!
  • Be open and understanding of other perspectives
    • One of the key goals of receiving feedback is to become aware of something you didn’t notice by yourself because of your own blind spots.
  • Control your emotions and don't freak out
    • You may be surprised, but don’t be reactive.
  • Mind your facial expressions and body language
  • Ask follow-up or clarification questions when necessary
  • Welcome and embrace unexpected feedbacks
    • You may not have asked for it, but still may be useful .
  • Show empathy and respect for their point of view
  • Show appreciation by thanking them for their feedback
    • Even if you realize it doesn’t make sense to you, you still got the opportunity to consider something otherwise you probably wouldn’t have thought about.


  • Reflect upon what was said and figure out what makes sense for you
    • You are not bound to act on every feedback you get. You are allowed to drop it if it doesn’t make sense for you.
  • Prioritize and choose which feedback you are going to focus first
    • Don’t try to tackle everything at once, nobody expects you to be perfect.
  • Make an action or learning plan to apply changes
  • Look for guidance and validation
  • Set acceptance criteria as a definition of done for each feedback
  • Align and manage feedback stakeholders expectations of your development

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