Feedback from a trusted source is vital before becoming too invested in a project. Close friends and family will always love whatever you do, but it’s important to find someone who is not emotionally invested, who you feel safe to share your ideas with, and has enough experience to give you the constructive criticism you might need.

Audio feedback is caused when a signal travels in a continuous loop between an audio input, like a microphone, and an audio output, like a speaker. The noise can be excruciating, a bit like when someone gives you feedback you don’t want to hear. The only way to stop the noise is to break the loop, but when someone’s opinion is needed, how can you get feedback without all the noise?

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Asking for feedback from your core fans can be a trusted way to gather key facts about their preferences and what they are willing to support. Keep in mind, this can prove to be temperamental as most people dont know what they want until they see it. The best way to open yourself up to the necessary opinions of your fans is to maintain regular engagement, and encourage dialogue by asking questions around what they most like about you, and what you could do better. Finding ways to filter out the trolls and home in on what your true fans have to say is always openly available on social media where you can find methods to gather and analyse data. Know when to drown out the noise. Positive feedback improves the effects of your input and improves performance. Invite feedback in the comment section to accelerate growth.

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Deb McKoy is the Founder and Consultant at Peppergrain Ltd, London, UK. She began her career as a recording artist, achieving success in the UK national charts before going on to help businesses and individuals maximise their brand.

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