To build your brand, feedback is imperative and valuable one at that.
Feedback is one of the best way to improve yourself.Sometimes you may need to take a step and gain a fresh perspective on your personal brand. You may be very familiar with all the intricate details.However you may be a little removed from how clients or those in your entourage actually relate with or perceive you. This is where feedback becomes valuable.
If the feedback is honest, understandable, from a trustworthy person who knows your history and values it, then you are on track.
WHO CAN GIVE FEEDBACK?
You will likely get feedback from everyone. Partner, friends, peers,co-workers, colleagues, your boss, clients, in-laws, other people in your community, social media followers; it’s never ending. To make sense of all the noise coming at you, you have to determine what qualifies someone to give you feedback. Create your set of standards to help find wisdom and growth opportunities in the clutter that is other people’s ideas. Who do you trust, respect, and admire? Do they appreciate your journey deeply? How emotionally invested are they in your success?
Some of the best feedback I ever received was from a friend who became my husband. He told me I needed to stop playing small and staying in my comfort zone.He said i had to reach out to the people who really need my services and leave the confine of family and friends. Those words spoke right to my soul. I didn’t want to hear it because I knew I was playing safe and comfortable, but I knew he was right. He has been a believer and an advocate for my business since it’s inception. His feedback gave me the confidence I needed to up my game and take a risk. That’s what feedback should do; it should help guide you down the right path.
HOW TO ASK FOR FEEDBACK?
You can use a (free) service like SMS or Survey Monkey to create an online questionnaire (if you want the process remains anonymous).
Ask thoughtful questions like:
How would you describe me to someone I never met?
What do you see as my greatest strengths?
Knowing my goals for the future, where could I focus more time and energy?
Tell me about a time I was not at my best?
Any positive feedback reinforces your alignment with your personal goals; the negative should highlight opportunities for growth and helps you get back on track.
We need to however, respect the thoughts of those we serve, whether you work for a corporation and answer to a boss or board, or, like me, your clients. All these are broader terms that help you in and out of the office. With the right kind of feedback, you will be able to focus on what you do well, improve your challenges, and clearly define who you want to be and what you stand for in the world.
Let these questions inspire you to begin asking for valuable feedback.
You can take this a step further by finding clarity as to what you want to be known for.
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