Watch Your Words… Four GuidelinesWe have all heard that our words can either lift someone or belittle someone. Our words can encourage and coach or deflate and defame others. A famous World War II poster read, “Careless words cost lives.” This message is still true today. Here are four guidelines to follow before repeating something you have heard.
- Is it true? Unless you are certain it is true, say nothing.
- Is it confidential? Did the person you heard it from betray a confidence? Will you be betraying a confidence by repeating it? If so, say nothing.
- Will repeating the message tear someone down or build them up? Make sure the words you speak are beneficial to others. If not, say nothing.
- Is it really necessary to repeat the message? If not, say nothing.
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