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Think Before You Speak

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Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.” - Miguel Ángel Ruiz


“Think Before You Speak”

It’s a phrase that has been used over and over again in various contexts. One that serves as a gentle reminder to put thought into your vocabulary and everyday utterances. I was going to save this idea for a tweet after numerous experiences of open dialogue on public transit.
However, I couldn’t seem to simplify my thoughts into 140 characters. Alas, this post was born.

I’m talking business. Or rather, I’m suggesting for you not to discuss business (publicly,
anyways). As I sit in the subway car, patiently awaiting my destination, I’m struck by the amount of loud, public conversations about horrible bosses and employees that are happening around me. I know as soon as the dialogue gets more in-depth that these are all perfect examples of how to ruin your career. Everyday I’m amazed at how many people openly discuss the details of their Devil-Wears-Prada like careers with the whole world.

Whether you’re at a bar for happy hour, complaining about how your colleague is a backstabber trying to get you fired, or how your boss is a control freak who needs to take a vacation, you never know who is listening. The girl standing next to you could be your boss’s daughter. The man sitting behind you could in fact be the owner of the firm you work at, you’ve just never met him. After your 15-minute post-work rant on Friday afternoon, let me ask you this: do you have a job on Monday morning? Probably not.

This post isn’t meant to criticize or judge anyone that has needed to let out some frustration to another caring individual willing to listen. Rightfully, you are entitled to your own opinions.
However, it is a gentle reminder to be aware of your surroundings. There is a time and a place to discuss these matters, and public isn’t one of them. While these things might be true, be mindful of the fact that these could, essentially, get back to your place of employment and
destroy your career. Try to make a habit of waiting until you are back home to let out your frustrations.

This also applies to discussions regarding financial matters of the company you work for. Most of the information you’re divulging in public might in fact be confidential. This idea aligns itself with “think before you tweet.” The same principle applies. Before you openly discuss matters that could in fact be controversial, think about whom your audience is, and whether or not you want to jeopardize the career you’ve built.

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Staying Motivated: Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

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It’s that time of year again! Students everywhere are nestled in the books for midterm season, and the holiday hustle and bustle is just around the corner. Of course, in order to make it to the holidays we all have a lot of work to do, and some of us just might be working throughout them too! If your job is anything like PR, you never know when you’ll be called in for duty! Especially in crisis management, communication specialists have to be on the clock 24/7, ready to respond into action whenever needed.

For some of us the workload is piling high, while others might be getting into crunch time for year-end deadlines. It’s always important to keep in mind that life carries on past work and school. I thought it would be helpful to share with everyone motivating messages to help us stay on track as the season gets busier. I’ve also included some of the gorgeous scenery I’ve captured in the big city over the last few weeks.

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  • One of my favorite quotes of all-time. I’ve always said from the get-go that I want to make sure I end up in a career that makes me happy. I’ve seen too many people fall in and out of love with their careers, ultimately compromising their happiness. Make sure you’re doing something that makes you happy.

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  • Remember that you can separate career and home life. It is important to have balance between the two. Maintaining the first point, find a job that can complement your life instead of compromising your life.

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  • If you aren’t satisfied in your career choice, be daring enough to change it. Too often we get caught up in what feels natural and safe. Sometimes it’s good to step outside the box and take a risk. You never know when you might be rewarded for the chances you take.

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  • Search for something that makes you happy, and when you stumble across it, pursue it. So much can be learned from finding joy in the little things. If you happen to find something that makes you happy, take the leap to explore it further!

What words do you live by?

- S.