Say What?

Burning-Match -derek-GaveyMonday Morning Match is a quick post – maybe a quote, inspirational story or idea – intended to spark some motivation inside each of you so your week gets off to a fantastic start on Monday morning.

Lawrence Peter Berra was born on this date, May 14th,  in 1925. Most people probably better remember him as New York Yankee catcher and legend Yogi Berra. As each day goes by however, fewer people will remember Berra for his incredible skills and leadership playing for one of the greatest baseball teams ever. Instead, Berra will be immortalized and remembered by the next generations for his funny quotes and confusing quips.

That’s okay. It’s good to be remembered for something.

“You can observe a lot just by watching.”See what I mean?

“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”Simply priceless.

“Nobody goes there anymore because it’s too crowded.”Everyone loves this one…except the ones who don’t.

Do you sometimes worry about saying the wrong thing? I’m not talking about saying something inappropriate or rude, I’m just talking about sitting back in a conversation or being fearful to jump into a conversation on social media because you’re worried about what others will think of you?

How about times when you’re with clients and you’re afraid of sounding stupid? Or maybe you’ve had times when you don’t want to come across as a know-it-all so you bite your tongue?

“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.”

“Never answer anonymous letters.”

“Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.”

YogiIt’s not always easy to say what you’re thinking. Some people really struggle to get the perfect words in every situation. It’s really uncomfortable to be on the spot and not have a good answer to a serious question.

How often do you practice or rehearse your scripts or dialogues? Do you sit down and review all of your offers and paperwork before you have to present to a client so that your words come across as knowledgable and professional?

“90% of the game is half mental.”

“It gets late early out there.”

“It ain’t over till it’s over.”

The more competence and confidence you have about what you do, the easier it will be to avoid situations that might throw you off.

And always remember, it’s usually your actions, and not your words, that will be what people remember about you.

Unless, you’re Yogi Berra.

And you can quote me on that!


Photo Credit: Derek Gavey via Creative Commons

Photo Credit: Baseball Collection via Creative Commons


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