If you are truly making your personal and business decisions based on your core values, then you are more likely instilled with the need to act for social justice where you see a wrong. However, the way in which you use your voice should remain in alignment with those same core principles.
For example, say you are using your voice to speak out against pay inequity for women. You truly believe that those in equal roles deserve equal pay, and you promote this within your own business as well. However, you now get embroiled in a back-and-forth comment conversation on Instagram or Facebook with a person of opposing views. Your frustration level rises and you find yourself slipping into a war of words, that isn’t always kind. Chances are, if you went negative, you have compromised your core set of values that first drove you to act.
Think of the impact that could possibly have on your business. Those comments are public and can be viewed by all. What if your key client reads those same words that you typed in frustration? Would you be proud or would you want to clarify?
Every word you type or say on social media reflects your brand and reflects who you are at your core.
“There is a growing list of single-issue groups and individuals looking for a cause to support through their social activism and mostly negative input, that direct and influence society,” says Roy Murad, Business Consultant and Canadian Entrepreneur. “On an individual level, social media has provided everyone with a forum to influence future events. As such, new strategies have to be developed to deal with this new factor and it has become even more necessary to control one’s message in the marketplace, both from a personal as well as corporate level. In doing so stress the positive. There is just too much negativity in this world already.”
So, before you become embroiled in a social war of words, think twice about the words you use and how they might reflect back. It’s great to be passionate and make a difference on issues that lie within your belief set, but keep it positive, keep it impactful and keep it focused on moving the issue forward.
About Roy Murad
Roy Murad is a father, husband, business advisor, investor, advocate for new business ventures, and consummate entrepreneur. Over the course of 35 years building businesses, guiding companies and identifying strong investment opportunities, while nurturing a thriving family, Roy Murad has amassed a wealth of experience; experience, that may be of value to others who are looking to shape a balanced and successful life experience.
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