I had the honor of doing a training for about 40 Elementary school teachers yesterday. We spoke about Gossip and Staff Communication.
It is always crazy to me when so many things in your life line up. Coincidentally my Devotion for yesterday and today were under that same theme. Yesterday was “The Value of Truth-Telling” and today “Truth Without Trust”.
The whole point of the training I wrote for yesterday was to be honest. If you see something then say something. Say that something to the person whom you have the issue with. It truly is that simple. I know, that for me it is easy to say that because I am a direct and outgoing person.
Truly though it will make your life easier if you are just honest with people and say what is on your mind. You don’t have to be rude or harsh, you can think and talk with respect, yet still say what is your truth.
Sometimes it is hard to hear, but ultimately wouldn’t you rather someone speak to you about it, then talk to a bunch of other people? Then those other people start to talk about you and the situation even though they weren’t a part of it and have no idea what actually happened, so the gossip mill starts itself going?
Also…pet peeve alert—don’t text or e-mail things that you don’t have the balls to address in person. I guarantee it is going to be taken the wrong way, 100%!! Take the time and deliver the message in person, or if you must over the phone (I mean an actual call).
We are adults and this is the way that we should be dealing with difficult situations!