Social media is a great way to build a community and connect with people. However, it can also be a breeding ground for negativity and nasty comments coming your way. Whether you’re a business owner, a public figure, or just someone who enjoys sharing your life online, you’re likely to encounter some of these negative comments at some point.
I’ve had to deal with this once and it was a nightmare. It was so frustrating that it got to the point that I stopped posting for a while because the bullying affected my mental peace. That doesn’t mean that that is what you should do when the first negative comment comes up. Depending on the comment, the way that it affects you, and other factors, there are several ways to deal with negative comments.
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The main thing to keep in mind when dealing with negative comments on social media is to stay calm, be professional, and take the high road. Here are a few tips:
- Don’t take it personally. It’s easy to get defensive when someone says something negative about you or your work. But it’s important to remember that most of the time, negative comments are not about you personally. They’re about the person who made the comment, most of the times it is a reflection of how they feel about themselves.
- Respond promptly, if necessary. The sooner you respond to a negative comment, the better. This shows that you’re taking the comment seriously and that you’re willing to address the issue. Make sure to really take the time to understand if the comment warrants your attention. Some times, it is better to take the high road and not even address the comment, but you are the only person that will know how worth the person or comment is of your time.
- Be respectful. Even if you disagree with the comment, it’s important to be respectful in your response. Don’t stoop to the level of the person who made the comment, that will only reflect bad on you.
- Apologize if necessary. If the comment is valid, apologize. This shows that you’re…