Monday, 29 August 2016

Rule 40: Only speak sense


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Nigeria's Fuji Music Czar, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal (K1) 

To become successful and get promoted you have to project the right image – the wise, mature, reliable, cool, sophisticated, trustworthy, experienced business person – and there are times when all the hard work can be devastated, destroyed, by a careless word or unguarded moment.
Recently, a shadow government front-bench minister was sacked because she told a ‘racist’ joke at a Rugby club dinner.  Her career was brought down by an unguarded moment of not ‘speaking sense’.

You have to guard your tongue against:

·                    Un-PC comments
·                    Offensive jokes or remarks that alienate any section of the community.
·                    Sexism in any form
·                    Patronizing people
·                    Arrogance
·                    Loss of temper
·                    Offensive swearing – see Rule 30, 31 & 32
·                    Revealing what you really think of people.

It might be wise to learn to speak only occasionally, rather than rabbiting on.  If you let your tongue run away with itself,

“THERE ARE TIMES WHEN ALL THE HARD WORK CAN BE DEVASTATED, DESTROYED, BY A CARELESS WORD OR UNGUARDED MOMENT”.

It is so much more likely that you’ll say the wrong thing.  If you think carefully before you speak, pause and have a chance to bite your tongue then the chances are that your delivery will be accurate, your speech edited carefully and you will only speak sense.  You thus get a reputation for being wise and mature. People will come to you for advice and guidance because they know you think about what you are going to say and don’t just chatter on.  They will trust you.  Once trusted you are a natural candidate for promotion and success.

Make sure that what you have to say has an impact and isn’t lost in the general hubbub of office clamor.  Don’t chat about what you watched on the telly last night – to be honest no one is really interested – instead be silent until you have something of import to offer.

(Excerpts from THE RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “How to criticize the ethics of your industry” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)
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