I got bashed
Recently, I wrote a blogpost titled The Government should pay entrepreneurs salaries to save the economy. I wasn’t saying that this plan is 100% correct, but it seemed logical to me, so I wanted to put it out there to see what people think about it. At least I had some support from a Stanford Researcher and an Ex Venture Capitalist and BCG Consultant.
After a while, this professor from Belmont University Jeff Cornwallwrote a blogpost about how terrible and out of my mind I was. Shortly after, a lot of his readers started commenting on my blog and his blog saying they are “disgusted” and that I’m promoting socialism.
What do you do when that happens?
11 Tips to turn the table around and make bashers supporters
- Thank them for their time and effort
- Apologize for things that you clearly did wrong
- Address every single on of them
- Be polite
- Ask them to specify the things they are bashing about
- Clarify all the misunderstandings or misconceptions
- Address your fundamental differences, but don’t be an ass
- NEVER become emotional
- Stay cheerful
- Thank them at the end and encourage more constructive criticism
- Don’t be shady
I have seen forum threads that were pretty much devoted to bashing me anonymously. I pretty much used these exact tips and dealt with the “trolls” straight on. After 2 long emails addressing every single person, I eneded up with only supporters in the forum and the bashers almost felt embarrassed to say more things.
Gary Vaynerchuck also had a crisis where his website got hacked and redirected to a porn site. He also managed it in a way that helped him gain more followers that respect him.
Your reputation is one of your biggest assets. It’s your job to guard it with your life.