Your opinion is more likely to be considered by others when it is offered as such. If opinions are stated as directives or law then they are harder for others to take-in. "In my opinion", "From my perspective" or similar phrases can help effectively convey your message.
To check your work-life balance, experiment when asked "What do you do?" by replying with something about yourself other than your job or profession. If this is excessively difficult for you, it may indicate your work & identity scales are tipped towards your job-not you.
Receiving feedback is usually difficult. It can be helpful to remember that you do not have to take it on board or agree with it if it does not fit. That said, listening to feedback means you might learn something you didn't previously know.
Good listening means allowing someone to speak without interruption. Holding your reaction helps you to effectively hear the message.
The Workplace Weekly Tips Series is focused on healthy workplace functioning and professional development. All material is authored by Cori Lambert unless explicitly stated otherwise. Authentic Consulting and Counselling is located in West Perth, Greater Perth Area.