I have a friend whose wife has been urging him to cease swearing, especially in business situations. According to her, swearing only creates “throw-away sentences.”
This got me thinking; do I swear too much?
In client sessions I can get excited and a four-letter word may get tossed into the mix. Like a few candied pecans on top of a really healthy salad, I feel they add flavor, texture and they are naturally occurring. I don’t drench the conversation in high fructose sensationalism syrup (it’s in everything nowadays) but I do value being my authentic self and that means I swear, on occasion.
For most entrepreneurs, a major drive to work for oneself is to be completely free of inhibiting factors like timecards, dress codes, asking for time off, and rules / meetings / memos outlining what you can and can’t say. We make our own salads and put whatever we want in them, damn it.
What do you think about cussing in your business?
Do you refuse to censor yourself since you are the boss? Or do you think that four-letter words make you a bleeping wo/man of “throw away sentences” and cause your listeners to respect you a tad less–maybe even cost you business? I’d like to either start a brawl or get a consensus on this, so please, make your comments below, expletives and all.
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