In a recent interview with Ryan Robinson came one of my favorite quotes:
“If you can bring some of your own humility to the table and know that you cannot be omnipotent on anything, that’s going to help you just be so much more harmonious with the people that you’re working with.”
It got me thinking about horror stories I’ve had with giving and receiving feedback.
One in particular came to mind. I was working with a new, big client–my biggest at that point. When I turned in a draft, they ripped it to shreds. (We’re talking 50+ suggestions in a 2,000-word Google Doc.)
I wanted to slam my computer screen shut and never open it again.
But I pushed through that awkward (read: uncomfortable) feeling of taking feedback. Because the truth is:
Feedback isn’t always scary. And it’s definitely not a personal attack.
Editors have style guides they need to meet. Brands want their content to be consistent. People just have different preferences on ways to phrase a sentence.
There are literally hundreds of reasons for an editor to give feedback. While it feels uncomfortable to accept it, looking back, I saw the biggest improvements in my writing over the months I worked with that client.
So while I don’t have a lesson to teach, per se, I wanted to leave you with this thought:
Much like the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child”, it takes a team of people to create a truly remarkable piece of content.
Accept that you can’t always take your blog post to the finish line. Editor’s feedback will get you there, helping you get the results you want for your clients and creating kick-ass content you’re proud to put in your portfolio. 🚀