Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Motivating Words

Are you responsible to train someone on your job? Whether you’re a manager, a trainer, or an experienced co-worker, you’re likely to have some training assignments, formal or informal. There are also those occasions when you must require certain performance or behavior from your employees or co-workers. How can we motivate and inspire others to do what has to be done?

Solomon advises us to use pleasant words. We still catch more flies with honey than vinegar, as they say. It’s amazing how differently people react to the same message given in different words. I can say, “I have a suggestion. . .”, or “You’ve got to do this right away. . .”, each followed by my instructions. Which words do you think would be more pleasant? 

The New American Standard Bible has a slightly different translation of this verse from Proverbs 16: “The wise in heart will be called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.” Sweetness of speech is the art of making your words easy to swallow. It is not hypocrisy or phoniness; it is the wisdom of thinking ahead and choosing words that create a positive rather than a negative reaction.

As a Christian manager or trainer or fellow employee, remember that your choice of words can make all the difference in whether people want to follow you or not. Increase your persuasiveness and effectiveness today by choosing pleasant words that go down easy.

The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.
                                                                                                Proverbs 16:21

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