Do You Think Before You Speak?

You may, or may not be familiar with the acronym THINK. Either way, it is worth revisiting on a regular basis!

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Lee Colan comments that before you speak or send that email (and I would add “or make a somewhat suspect comment on social media or other connecting platform”): THINKโ€ฆ

T – is it True?
H – is it Helpful?
I – is it Inspiring?
N – is it Necessary?
K – is it Kind?

I agree with Lee 100% that THINK does not preclude you from having tough conversations with your team, or other people in your life for that matter. Even constructive feedback, if delivered correctly, will meet these criteria. ย 

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So, have you had to think today???

20 thoughts on “Do You Think Before You Speak?

  1. I love this! I think were all guilty of not thinking before speaking and sometimes it can cause so much harm when we do so. Taking a moment to consider whether the other person is ready to hear what you have to say, or if what you will be saying will be helpful is important!
    Thanks for this reminder!

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    1. Thank you, Olivia. What you say is so true. Someone very close to me today was on the receiving end and there was no reason for it. They said to me โ€œwhat is that acronym again?โ€ So, here we are ๐Ÿค—

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  2. It is very important in social media, even here in blogging to think before we put our words out there. I donโ€™t why some people enjoy getting into arguments online. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

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  3. Thank you so much for this. I have fallen victim to this countless times, and regretted my decision to press the send button. I took a picture of this to act as a reminder next time my emotions fly high.

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  4. Iโ€™ve never heard of think as an acronym but it is brilliant! I didnโ€™t always think before I spoke, but with age, you learn to shut up and THINK about everything that comes out of your mouth ๐Ÿ˜…


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