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Why it pays to think before you speak

Napoleon Hill quote

Napoleon Hill was right: Your words have incredible power. Your words can shed light where there was once darkness. Your words can make people feel like a million dollars or leave them feeling totally undervalued.

The power of words

Although words are powerful, we tend not to apply too much advance thinking, to what we are about to say. Yes, if we are speaking at a formal or commercial event, we plan our words. However, in our day to day conversations, I think we could all benefit from thinking a little more before we speak.

  • Your words can create or destroy.
  • Your words can clarify or confuse.
  • Your words can help or hinder.
  • Your words can inspire or demotivate.

Ultimately, your words can leave people better than you found them or worse then you found them. Choose wisely.

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  1. And indeed this article has some powerful words for us all.

  2. Oh my gosh! I tell myself this all the time. Think before you speak – consider what you are going to say. I am not always successful. . . but I try.

    Thanks Jim.

    • Hi, Robin. That’s half the battle won. By consciously thinking before you speak, you put yourself in a pretty small, thoughtful minority.

      Thanks for the comment.

  3. This is exactly why I like to think things over / through prior to answering a question or giving a decision. I try my best to use words that create, clarify, help, and inspire others. Great post!

  4. This is the very reason I love language! Words are so, so influential. A personal favourite is, in certain situations, using the verb “should” instead of “will”. You are able to give an answer to a question and yet avoid setting a customer’s expectations too high.

    Good post Jim. Lot’s of people should find it very helpful ;)

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