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Say Only What’s Necessary

When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. Proverbs 10:19

Prudent = Acting with or showing care and thought for the future. Dictionary.com

When you’ve done something wrong, or someone accuses you of doing something wrong, it’s human nature to start using a lot of words to explain yourself.

More often than not, what you say while defending yourself or your business causes more harm than the initial transgression.

When you really want something to happen, it’s easy to say more than what you actually need to say in order to get others to a yes.

More often than not, when you talk too much, you give away way more than necessary to get a deal done.

Less is More

A key to minimizing your liability and maximizing a situation for your benefit is to be judicious (aka – wise, prudent, showing good judgment) with what you say.

Keep in mind that the fewer words said, the fewer opportunities for others to misinterpret your intent or discover information that gives them a competitive advantage.

My general advice to clients preparing for negotiations in business is to listen more and talk less.

The fewer and more precise your words, the better your outcome. The more verbose and loose your language, the more opportunities for loss.

Doing Business the FAITHgineer™ Way:

Listen first, and then only say what’s necessary.


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