Watch Your Language Each Time You Communicate

Whether you are writing an e-mail, leaving a voicemail, having a telephone conversation, meeting with someone, presenting information to a group or promoting yourself through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or on a personal or business website, it is important to watch your language. This means choosing your words with care, selecting the appropriate tone, imagining yourself as the reader or receiver of your communication and making all of the necessary adjustments.

I was reminded of this lesson recently when I read the content of a new business website. In an attempt to promote their new and improved products and services, this business took the opportunity to criticize its competitors for their old and inferior products and services. In fact, individuals from these competitor businesses were instrumental in providing advice and support so that this business owner could launch their business.

This is a trap that many businesspeople fall into as they bask in the glow of the lucky breaks that often accompany the launch of a new business. They find themselves becoming too busy and self-focused for gratitude and generosity; looking down on others from the peak of their success; discounting the work and wisdom from the many people who got them there and forgetting the old saying that you meet the same people on the way up as you do on the way down. This business owner squandered a golden opportunity to promote themselves as a confident, committed and client-focused product and service provider and their business as a creative, co-operative and collaborative contributor to competitors in the same business.

If you are a business owner or an employee of an organization, make the time and effort to watch your language and ensure that what you say and write paints a realistic picture of how you want others to see you and your business. Choose your words with care and your tone with commitment. What do you want your communication to reflect about you and your business? Do you want others to see you and your business as leaders who communicate with honesty, sensitivity, generosity, positivity and productivity? As you and your business watch your language in your communications, you will be setting an example of excellence and sharing a best practice with clients, customers and competitors.

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About The Motivator Minute

The Motivator Minute is written by "The Motivator" who for the past 17 years has been a motivational and leadership coach for business, life and career. She offers her international clientele a creative approach to coaching, training and promoting. Her greatest strength is that she gives her clients her energy, enthusiasm, knowledge, experience, a commitment to their success and an abundance of creative ideas. She is a coach, leader, facilitator and motivational speaker who supports, encourages and motivates individuals to make positive and lasting changes in their personal and professional lives. She specializes in working with entrepreneurs who want to achieve greater success through increased business and personal visibility and credibility; with individuals who are experiencing career and life transitions and with an organization’s leaders so that they can do and be their best on the job and in their lives. Please note that all material on this blog is original and copyright protected. Copyright 2011 The Motivator All rights reserved.
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