I recently had to deliver a report to another person, Alice, who is however not above me in the office structure. The report is not vital, but should be done anyway to complete the paperwork for the office.
Alice had some remarks, so I had to rewrite the report for her (Alice signs it off). It didn't bother me to write it again, however I just find that the remarks were not in the interests of the business.
I need to adjust titles, make some minor rearrangements, and make a separate document rather than simply append it to the original. These are all minor cosmetic changes that don't affect the content and more busywork than actual improvements to the actual content of the document.
I told Alice something to the effect of "I can make the fixes fairly easily, but I need to know how you want it because I don't think the current form will get approved.
I think Alice took this as my being defensive. I'm not and have no reason to be because her comments were to style, and not content, but even if they had been about content, I would have just fix it and not be concerned.
My problem is the more I try to convince her that I am not upset, the more she thinks I am.
How can I make it clear to her that taking constructive criticism isn't a problem for me? The only thing that does irk me a little are little digs like "it's not difficult", which I guess I should expect.