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October 19, 2012


Gain Robust Dividends by Investing in Constructive Criticism

by terresteinbeck RODEO REALTY

Sometimes the truth hurts. But holding back the truth can cause even more intense aches and pains. And the ouch likely will be felt in that most sensitive of sensitivity zones – your wallet. As with any other professionals, we who sail through the exhilarating real estate world are knowledgeable. But with very few exceptions, we’re also imperfect. And these imperfections can slow our forward momentum tremendously.

Fortunately, you can learn from your past mistakes and shortcomings. And this knowledge will pay healthy dividends in the form of improved performance and results. The key is opening up your arms to constructive criticism. Even if it means pleading with your co-workers to hit you with a healthy dose of honest feedback. As with anything else worthwhile, however, there’s a right way to deal with constructive criticism. Here are some proven guidelines.

Stay Calm. The truth may transform you into a seething volcano of resentment. “I DO NOT TALK TOO LOUD!” Nevertheless, keeping a tight rein on those feelings is crucial. Ruffled feathers put a major freeze on feedback. Only one thing is important at this point – keeping the message clearly front and center so you can give it careful consideration.

Open Your Ears. You may feel the urge to interrupt with a torrent of protests. Word to the wise: Keep a lid on interruptions. These have been known to drive well-meaning cohorts away in under ten seconds flat. This is a learning experience. Listen with rapt attention to your instructor.

No Excuses. It’s natural for human beings to justify all their missteps. OK, maybe you have a valid reason for turning up the volume full blast every time you open your mouth. But justified or not, imperfections must be dealt with in the shortest time frame possible. You’ll gain a decisive edge once you accept the responsibility for your actions. This is the first step to self-improvement and more productive professional endeavors.

Well, this covers Phase One of my constructive criticism tutorial. If you’d like additional info about profiting from feedback, feel free to reach out to me.  Or just fire your questions or comments into the box below. There’s always a vacancy.

And, of course, if you want to be connected to the latest info and opportunities in the Beverly Hills real estate market, I’m ready to make it happen.  Call or email today.

Back soon.

Terre Steinbeck

(310) 666-4094  DIRECT

(310) 724-7100   OFFICE

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