Today’s Quote

“It is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

That is the quote of the day. What does it mean to me? Perhaps, if you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything. Or maybe, silence is golden.

For me, it is a nice reminder to take a breath. Sometimes a deep breathe, sometimes just a simple normal breath. I do that before I speak. You know what, sometimes after doing that, I realize I do not really have to say what I planned on saying. As a mediator, I remind myself, “it’s their process, not mine”. Yes, it’s cliche but it is also true.

The quote reminds me to respond, not react.

I mention often the importance of communication, especially the things we do not say but our actions, movements, body language, etc. That said, it goes without saying it is really important to remember that our words help direct a mediation (as the mediator) as our words shine through to the parties without a filter attached.

Our words spoken cannot be taken back. Be it as a mediator or a negotiator, friend or co-worker. It doesn’t matter if you are drunk or sober (take my word, don’t try it at home!).
So, it is Friday and to keep it brief, choose your words wisely, enjoy your weekend!
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