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I’m having trouble taking criticism without emotion — HELP!

Hi Jancy,
I’m still a student at design/ad school but I have a problem which I would really like to find a solution for before I get out there in the working world.
I am horrible at dealing with criticism. I love receiving it and find getting feedback on my work very valuable, but my body has a different response to it than my mind does. As soon as a professor starts critiquing my work my face will go red, and if I get any negative feedback my eyes will water and I will basically start to cry.
It’s extremely embarrassing and it also usually makes the professors very uncomfortable. I don’t mean to do it and I don’t know why it happens! But I really want to fix it before the people that are critiquing me are creative directors not just professors.

intro Im having trouble taking criticism without emotion — HELP!Janet used to go to the washroom to cry with great regularity after bad feedback when she started out. You aren’t unique in your response. It is a vital skill to learn how to put on your game face. The thing to remember when you’re getting a “no” is that’s NORMAL. Schools don’t tend to tell you there’s no way to get to a finished ad without many not finished ideas. You should start looking at your ideas not as your babies but as the price of entry to get somewhere. There is a pile of killed ideas behind most finished work. There are many ways for them to meet a horrible end. And that’s fine. It’s not about failure. It’s a process that’s unavoidable and you should look at every rejected idea as an opportunity to get to a better one. So, that is a response full of “should’s”. Meanwhile you feel the sting and you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t. Developing a thick skin comes with time and experience. But starting today, look at it through a new lens.

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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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