Handle Criticism at Work with Ease: 3 Top Tips to Sack the Critics

Handle criticism at work with ease - 3 top tips to "Sack the Critics!". Ever wonder how much attention to give those who criticise you? In this short video I share 3 tips to handle criticism and rejection minus the stress.

Check out the story I share on the lengths one character went to as a result of some criticism they received!

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Una Doyle

Una is a Business Coach & Strategist for Creative Services Providers (Design, Animation, Marketing/Digital Agencies, etc.). She helps them to stand out from the crowd confidently & profitably so they can attract high-level, 'Ready to Invest' clients, doing creative work that fills their hearts with pride - WITHOUT selling their soul or adding extra workload.

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Una Doyle

Ever want to sack the critics? Watch this short video for 3 top tips to
handle criticism at work with ease!

Cheryl Hunter

Hi Una! Love your video! You’re so fun to watch, and your info is helpful!

    Una Doyle

    Hey Cheryl, thanks so much for your kind comments. Always great to have feedback!

    Do let us know how you get on with applying the info in this and other videos/articles… πŸ™‚

    Cheers Una

Len Rainford

Good Video and all valid points.

    Una Doyle

    Thanks Len, appreciate the comment.

Dwight Williams

Polished video and sound with useful and informative content. Keep up the great work Una.

    Una Doyle

    Thanks Dwight – well you know all about polished sound! πŸ˜‰

    I have to take my hat off to my partner Steve for the video production, he does a marvellous job.

    Glad that you enjoyed the video Dwight – there’s plenty more where that came from…. Any particular topics that you’d find of interest?

Alexandra Merisoiu

Una’s tips are so valuable, in all the videos, not just this one. I write a lot, for my own blogs and other sources. Some say I am a thought leader, I have my own opinions and I send them out to the world. Well when you become a thought leader you have to embrace the fact that people will like you or not. Black or white. I only had 1 negative review so far but that was ok, I just added a line to the blog and thanked him for pointing out the problem.

    Una Doyle

    Hi Alexandra, thanks so much for your kind comments.

    Yes, really if you’re not getting some criticism you’re maybe not stretching yourself enough! πŸ˜‰

    Cheers Una

Jackie Le Fevre

I am so glad you mentioned the values of the critic as distinct from the values of the person. No two people have exactly the same pattern of priority values but some people share more common ground than others.

Now I am a huge fan of the value of Minessence – which is all about simplifying complex ideas for practical application and to have a creative impact on others. Most of the feedback I get from people is generous and supportive and celebrates that things can be stripped back enough to be understood by almost everyone. Then I met my critic.

He said that the lightweight superficial tack I took to serious business issues was quite frankly insulting – but what had really got his goat is that in my introduction I said in my opinion few people are true ‘experts’ as there is so much still to be learned about everything we think we know so let’s learn together. This flew in the face of his value of ‘Personal Authority’ which is about being known and recognised for what you know. He was so busy disagreeing with my opening remark inside his head I doubt he actually heard a single word afterwards – so Una in your terms he had no real grounds for dissing the rest of it.

Did it hurt? Of course initally. Did I change anything? Yes – the next time I used a similar line I told the story of the critic and reassured the audience that while I may not believe in ‘experts’ per se there are a huge number of people who have developed remarkable expertise and for whom I am very grateful – bet they are still learning though!

    Una Doyle

    Hi Jackie, great story! And it very much illustrates several points in the video. You evaluated what was said and by who – plus their agenda – and also took some of the feedback on board in your own way moving forward. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚



Great advice Una – Thank you.

I’ve noticed over time that some of the negatives came from, as you say in the vid, invalid sources – but they were far outweighed by positive comments that were even more invalid.

Great comments are always nice to receive but they can steer you in the wrong direction if they’re just “let’s be nice” driven.

Every negative comment I get (apart from those who are obviously having a bad day) usually has something within that has compelled such a strong reaction.

I find them to be more honest and a good tool for improvement.

Keep the gold coming Una – Great stuff.

Dorothy Nesbit

I loved the final few seconds – worth watching for this alone πŸ™‚

    Una Doyle

    LOL Glad you enjoyed it Dorothy! Always glad to bring a smile to somebody’s face… πŸ˜‰

Karl Howe

Hi Una,

I enjoyed the video and you make some excellent points about critics, their affect on us and what to do about it.
If someone is offering me critisism, I certainly apply those points. Whenever I offer a critique, I always endeavour to provide it in a feedback sandwich of Commend, Recommend, Commend and I always respond positively when someone offers me the same style of critique. I think this approach helps us grow.

For your video my sandwich is;
It had a nice flow, personal and light, but clear points.
At the point when you recap, it would be good to see each point come up on screen again to re-emphasise.
I like your style and keep delivering these useful videos.

Keep well and let’s catch up soon. πŸ˜‰

Jan Polak

Great tips Una,

Thanks for sharing. Good to remember these whenever receiving feedback, too.

And loved the outtakes πŸ˜‰

    Una Doyle

    Thanks Jan, Steve has a lot of fun with the outtakes. Though I now get suspicious when we’re filming and he has a smirk on his face…


Yeah. this is good demo for all. criticism is the danger thing which draws you down. so nice tips UNA

Kathleen English

I love your energy Una, you came across as somebody who really believes In what you are doing. Also as a person who really wants to share what you believe.

    Una Doyle

    Thanks so much Kath for your kind comments. I’m glad you enjoyed the video and trust that you find it useful too! πŸ™‚

David H. Lawrence XVII

Live by the critics, die by the critics. Do what Una says. And remember that you need to only please yourself, no one else. You try to please one part of your audience? You’ll tick off another. It’s a losing game. Thanks, Una!

    Una Doyle

    Thanks for your comment David. Love it, “Do what Una says.” LOL

    There’s a lot of truth in what you say about never being able to please everybody and often, trying to do so cripples people personally and financially. It’s only when you have a clear and distinct view of your ideal customer and audience can you truly get to know them and understand how to please them, right?

    Which of course means that you need to be able to say no to some people. Instead of feeling bad about it, what a great opportunity to collaborate! (Which by the way, David is excellent at…) You see, this is a winning game to play…

Jo Parfitt

As a writer, I lay my life open to criticism so this was very useful, thanks, Una.

    Una Doyle

    Thanks Jo! Well with 30 books under your belt I bet you’re pretty used to it by now… Though I guess being used to something is not the same as enjoying it!

    And for those of you reading these comments, look at what Jo has achieved by laying herself open to criticism. If she hadn’t, she probably wouldn’t even have published her first book… Food for thought eh? Una x

Sylvia Baldock

Great tips and very warm and sincere presenter – thanks Una

    Una Doyle

    Hi Sylvia, thanks for your kind comments – especially from such a wonderful speaker. πŸ™‚

Jenny Willis

Hi Una, great to see your positivity about a subject that resonates with a lot of people in the work place. Great Tips, thanks

    Una Doyle

    Thanks Jenny, fab to see you found it useful! Please feel free to pass it on…. Best Una


Love this video! I have been criticised and honestly it did got into me. Thanks Una for this! I will always keep those tips in mind.

    Una Doyle

    You’re welcome Andrea. Glad it was useful for you!

    Let’s face it, you’re not alone in being criticised… Whatever you’re doing there’ll always be those who want to tear you down. It’s important to remember that there’s plenty of people who will help & support too.

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