I’m not a man of few words. I never have been; never will be. But when I speak, I try to make sure that I speak with a purpose, and I substantiate my facts. Doing otherwise is just blabber, and I really don’t have the time to indulge in that. Don’t get me wrong. When I’m hanging out with my friends, we have totally senseless conversations at times; just like anyone else. But even those are limited. Quite often, we have very poignant and diverse conversations. I tell you this for a reason. There is a time and place for senseless rhetoric and during business isn’t it.
I’m not saying every conversation has to be profound and thought provoking. But during the workday, a majority of your conversation should be of some substance. In addition, if you are going to engage in conversation; have at least a moderate knowledge of the topic; especially if you are going to get into a debate over it. I was just in a sports bar the other day, and I heard some guys arguing about the President speaking to the kids. The conversation got pretty heated; as do many political conversations. So that didn’t surprise me. But what did surprise me, was the fact that the guy that opposed it, didn’t have a single fact to substantiate his argument. He was just anti- Obama, and it was obvious. That’s not new to me either. I see a lot of that. What really caught my attention, and opened my eyes was a statement from a fellow spectator. He made the following statement, “I really don’t have a problem with the President speaking to children. That’s neither here nor there, but I didn’t realize how ignorant this guy is. He’s my financial advisor, but I think I’ll be seeking a new one.” I saw him this morning, and he has a new financial advisor; same firm, new advisor. That got me to thinking. If you are going to have a debate with someone, have knowledge of the subject matter. You can make a lot of money with your knowledge, but you can also lose a lot of money. Ask yourself, how often you engage in a public argument, without a good basis of fact. Is that argument really worth winning? Until next time…God Bless and dress well.