Steps to Take after Making an Error
Listen to Constructive and Valid Criticisms
Always look out for constructive and valid criticisms; it helps you get better.
For criticism to be constructive, they should meet these two criteria:
Make a valid point not an opinion that lacks facts.
Also, for your criticism to be valid, make them with a constructive attitude.
When making criticisms focus on the subject of discussion and not the person who gave the talk.
Apologise if Necessary
Great leader’s apologise when they go wrong. Saying “I’m sorry” shows humility, and it says you appreciate your relationship more than your ego. This shows how honest your are.
Take Steps to Correct the Mistake
An advantage online platforms such as websites, social media and blogs have over the print media and public speaking, is that you can correct the errors after they’ve been published.
Though you shouldn’t do that often, but any time you have the chance to correct an obvious factual error, do so.
If you made a mistake on a podium, correct it on the podium; for a sermon, correct it from the pulpit; in private correct it private.
Don’t Overburden Yourself
No human being is perfect, everyone is a work in progress.
This is the reason we are all prone to mistakes.
What is wrong about making mistakes is trying to dwell on them. After making a mistake, you should acknowledge it and fix it.
Perform Better Next Time
Make sure you learn from your mistakes. Also welcome valid criticisms because it gives you the chance to improve.
Every error reminds you to check your facts next time.
Learn to proofread your own posts and/or speaking notes. This will help you know what you need to add or remove from the writing.
So, to all who can encourage or correct you to be a better person and a fantastic communicator, make sure you listen to them.