Bad Advice: If you can’t say something good about somebody, say nothing at all.”

NEVER SAY…By Gene Griessman 

“If you can’t say something good about somebody, say nothing at all.”

This actually should be Seldom say instead of Never say because it is good advice for inhabitants of little villages where everyone knows everything about everybody and word would probably get back to the person you were saying bad things about, which could lead to a considerable amount of unpleasantness.

And it sometimes is a prudent course of action in any small, close-knit group, rural or urban.

But this bit of folk wisdom has little value in the world that you and I now inhabit. I want know if a movie is dreadful, a restaurant serves unsavory fare, if a company can’t be trusted, if somebody I just met is dangerous.

And it’s terrible advice if I’m asked to give an honest recommendation in a situation that’s critical.

Hearing something bad can spare you embarrassment, time, money, and maybe even your life.

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–Gene Griessman is an internationally known keynote speaker, actor, and communication strategist. His book “The Words Lincoln Lived By” is in its 25th printing and “Time Tactics of Very Successful People” is in its 43rd. His training video “Lincoln on Communication” is owned by thousands of corporations, libraries, and government organizations. He has spoken at conventions all over the world. To learn more about his presentations, call 404-435-2225.

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