Tact Tip of the Day

The old adage, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" is true. If someone asks, tell them, but if they don't ask for your negative opinion, just keep it to yourself.

Here are some real life examples of what not to say:
  • You don't exercise much?
  • What's up with your hair?...I don't like it.
  • I like your hair better the other way.
  • Do you have a cold? Is that why your nose is red?
Exceptions:
  • there is something hanging from someone's face or clothing
  • mullets (they deserve what they get)
  • mustaches (ditto)

Comments

Jay said…
Please tell me these are hypotheticals. These weren't actually said were they?
Jules said…
it's so true, Amanda. I get really annoyed when I hear people say (when the are accused of being mean, harsh or tactless) - what? i'm just being honest! I tell it like it is. oh please. stop using your "commitment to honesty" as your excuse for offending people left and right. there's a huge difference between honesty and tactlessly sharing your opinion.
Unknown said…
That rule does not apply to me. As long as the person isnt doing it to be mean, tell it like it is!
Amanda said…
Not hypothetical - actual comments. Most were to me personally.

There is a difference if you ask for others input - you get what you ask for. There is also a difference if it is a close friend who cares for you, but even then, you have to make sure it's not just taste.

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