There comes a point where everything you say matters.
It comes nearly immediately when we start our professional life. For some, it comes even earlier. Unfortunately, most of don’t realize it for quite some time. Some of us never see the power and impact – productive and destructive – of our words.
When we talk about the impact of our words, some lawyers get defensive with me. Their defensiveness is less about the importance of their words — they get it. But, the hyper-vigilance I’m suggesting is burdensome. They can’t bear the idea of worrying about the impact of everything they say. It exhausts them just to think about watching themselves that closely.