When to speak and when to stay silent?Motto of the day*
When to stay silent and when to speak up?
The motto of the day is about the question of when it is better to speak up and when to stay silent. How to know which one is the better decision?
What comes to my mind when thinking about this motto of the day? It reminds me immediately to the first rule of rhetorics: If you haven’s something relevant to say, shut up! Sometimes, silence is golden. Is there another thought? Yes!
Let me add a few thoughts when I think it is better to stay silent:
- When you have nothing relevant to say.
- In case it is better to take some time to solidify your reaction.
- When something it is better left unsaid.
- You don’t have a receptive audience.
When is it better to speak up:
- When you can make a positive difference.
- You have the power to change something.
- It is the desired opportunity.
- When your opinion is requested.
- When you want to let your feelings known.
- If your silence could be understood as an approval for something you disagree with.
- To demonstrate that you are interested.
I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.
Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.