Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones…

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Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones…

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Photo The other day I found a note under my windshield wiper. It was an angry note calling me some choice words for parking so close to this person's car on the packed streets in downtown Albany.

So do I get it? 

Yes I do – having lived in downtown Albany for 20 plus years and having to park on the street. What I’m wondering is, why the rant? I don’t believe I hit his/her bumper, I always check and I know I didn’t hit the side of his/her car. Sure we all get angry, but suppose I just turn out to be your boss or your mom’s best friend or your father’s new girlfriend!

Consider this lovely note written by Dan Gilbert, Majority Owner, Cleveland Cavaliers, about Lebron James'  “defection” to Miami. 

“This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his "decision" unlike anything ever "witnessed" in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.”

And then this morning:

COBLESKILL, NY — A racial controversy in the Town of Cobleskill came to a head Monday night, as roughly 130 people showed up at a town meeting demanding answers. (The mayor has been recorded as using racial slurs.)

And then there’s Mel Gibson. Could he get himself in anymore trouble?

From presidents to presidents, words have managed to destroy many careers.

“I did not have sex with that woman.” One of the most famous lines.

What happens to us in the heat of emotion? Do our real feelings come out? Do we feel we have the right to say “what we really think?” I think not.

Anger is just as much violence as if one took a baseball bat to the victim; we think it doesn’t cause as much hurt as it does.

My thoughts: words can bring you down.

Remember when you were a kid, “Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never harm me?” I don’t think it’s true, words are just as harmful, words often lead to “sticks and stones.” Children start of the playground with harmless words and then graduate into sticks and stones. I was walking behind a group of tykes and they were cursing like the big boys!

You never know who is listening, or judging.

Why would you want to air opinions in anger that you would never air if you were in your right mind?

As a business owner, you are always in the public light, anything you say will be used for or against you.

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Lisbeth Calandrino is an award winning trainer, entrepreneur, and blogger and has spent over twenty years developing custom tailored marketing and customer service programs for businesses. Her recently published book, Red Hot Customer Service, 35 Sizzling Ways to Heat up Your Business and Ignite Your Sales defines the steps necessary to build a competitive advantage and turn great companies into unforgettable or red hot companies. Lisbeth admits that much of her knowledge came from her Italian grandfather who despite very little formal education and a limited English vocabulary, managed to became both successful and wealthy. Lisbeth has wonderful stories about Grandpa DiBiagio’s and her time spent learning how to managing Grandpa’s fruit stand. Because of Lisbeth’s experience as a business owner, having been the managing partner and owner of 7 furniture and carpet stores for 14 years, she is able to bring her extensive business knowledge and experience to all of her clients. Lisbeth’s awards include executive of the year award from the International Executive Association, Albany chapter (a business networking group) and first place honors in an international marketing contest for alternative medicine. A two time cancer survivor, she has spoken extensively about her experiences of cancer, offering words of comfort and inspiration. As an activist, Lisbeth has initiated and contributed to many charitable causes. She has worked with at-risk youth, spoken out against injustice and advocated to and helped to build resources for women. As a presenter, Lisbeth Calandrino is highly motivational, information-rich, and very entertaining. Her acute business sense, contagious enthusiasm, positive energy and fun sense of humor make her a dynamic presenter. Lisbeth is a member of New York, Historic Albany Foundation, educational director of Business Referrals Networking Group and member of the board of directors of the Animal Protective Foundation of Scotia, New York.

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