Rule 40: Only speak sense

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:


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·                   
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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