It’s Not WHAT You Say, It’s HOW You Say It

Words are powerful tools in the hands of a Kidmin Leader.  You can use them either intentionally or haphazardly.  It is important to remember when typing an email, crafting a letter to parents, or putting together a promotional piece for your next big event – words matter.

Zig Ziglar, a legendary motivational speaker, gave an unforgettable example of the power of emphasis.  By changing the emphasis in the following sentence, it can take on several entirely different meanings and implications:  “I didn’t say he beat his wife.”

I didn’t say he beat his wife.

I didn’t say he beat his wife.

I didn’t say he beat his wife.

I didn’t say he beat his wife.

I didn’t say he beat his wife.

I didn’t say he beat his wife.

Pay attention to how you emphasize the words you use.  Remember, the right word with the right emphasis at the right time has great power.

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” – Proverbs 25:11

You have the power to build up or destroy with one word or phrase.  Choose your words carefully, today.