RockStar:60 #4 “Say What You Will”
We’ve all heard the maxim:
“It’s not what you say; it’s how you say it.”
Crap I say… that statement is far off the mark.
It’s not only what, but how AND when (or if) you say what you say that truly matters most.
It’s not enough to say the right things… tone, intention, and timing also have to be taken into consideration.
There are 3 parts:
1. The content… the what - the specifics, the details… are you talking about the right things?
2. The delivery… the how - the style, the purpose… are you coming off real, or real clueless?
3. The timing… the when - are you aware of your ”if-to-now-or-later-or-never” decision?
… all are all equally important to great communication.
Just because you may want to say it, how you want to say it, and when you want to say it doesn’t mean you always should. You can say what you will… but you have to ask yourself if this will serve you or the situation the best? Often it doesn’t.
“It seems that every time I stick my neck out, I get my foot into something else.” ~ Patsy Cline
It’s those who pause to consider before proceeding who have to remove the fewest feet from their mouths.
So say what you will; just say it well and at the right time…
Tom Leu, M.S. is a writer, speaker, photographer, and musician from Rockford, IL. The RockStarWay™ brand delivers Lifestyle Initiative Training resources specific to music, marketing, motivation, communication, and success psychology topics.