Words Matter #7: Face your truth


The words written on your face are more telling than the ones that come out of your mouth.

People feel skeptical when what they hear does not align with what they see.

Words are easier to tame than the emotions lurking behind them.

  • Enthusiastic words can’t disguise boredom.

  • Concerned words can’t disguise apathy.

  • Polite words can’t disguise contempt.

Pay attention to what you say today. Have the courage to ask:

“Where are my emotions at odds with my words?"

Words matter; face your truth.

Click to hone your skills with another topic in the Words Matter series:

Words Matter #12: Design and deliver better questions

Words Matter #11: Earn your audience's attention

Words Matter #10: Choose learning over knowing

Words Matter #9: Say what you want

Words Matter #8: Maximize your conversational influence

Words Matter #6: Aim to impact; not impress

Words Matter #5: What’s love got to do with it?

Words Matter #4: Don’t contaminate the conversation

Words Matter #3: It's not about you

Words Matter #2: Three dead-weight words to leave behind

Words Matter #1: Communicate with power