The following is from a recent column in the San Luis Obispo Tribune by Linda Lewis Griffith on Thoughtful Speech. Here are 7 ways "To Practice Thoughtful Speech."
- Pause before speaking. Take some deep breaths. Pull together your ideas. If you don’t yet feel prepared to talk, say, “I’ll get back to you later.”
- Avoid hurtful words and phrases. Speech patterns are habitual. Remove name-calling, expletives and put-downs from your verbal arsenal.
- Don’t speak when you’re angry. When you’re hot under the collar, you want to inflict physical and emotional pain on the nearest target. Instead, back away from the situation. Use de-escalating tactics.
- Never spread lies or rumors. The truth may be open to interpretation. But lies and slander are not acceptable.
- Know when to be silent.
- Be kind even in difficult times. Not every conversation centers around a pleasant topic. In those potentially tense moments, it’s even more important to choose your verbiage carefully. A
- Quickly correct mistakes. Admit the wrongdoing and express remorse for having misspoken.