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People pay me a lot of money for my expertise, I owe them the truth.
Stevens Point, WI
"Do these jeans make me look fat?"
"Isn't this the most beautiful baby you/ve ever seen?"
"I've been dieting for months and can't lose a pound."
We live in a society dependent on the art of lying to each other. Is is not that the practice of overtly telling a non-truth, it is the inability to be truthful, we simply don't know how to tell the truth. In a society sinking into a morass of political correctness, special interest groups and ever increasing segmentation, avoiding contradiction and confrontation is the prime objective.
This does change when a fiduciary duty is involved, safety and well being. When elevated above the social interaction we do feel and act as commissioned to be the champions of the facts and the truth that surrounds.
As a result/consequence, we have become skillful in leading clients to see and announce the truth to which we lead them.
I tell the truth. It's the only currency I deal with..and keeps me legally safe.
I tell them the truth.
I always tells my clients upfront that I may not tell them what they want to hear, but I will tell them the honest truth. They respect me for that.
I don't always tell them what they want to hear, but I tell them what they need to hear. Tact and diplomacy enter into it, of course, but I'm not risking my way of making a living by sugar coating a real problem.
I tell the truth.
Willaim -- I am brutally honest, but in a very diplomatic way. You gain absolutely nothing by not telling your clients and prospects the truth.
I'm tactful but I tell them the truth even when it is not what they want to hear.
I have no problem telling the truth. My trouble comes in telling it gently. I can be a bit too candid sometimes.
Always tell the truth even if it's a buzz kill.
After some recent experiences and demands. I stopped letting my clients lead me to what they "wanted" to hear. I've gotten a bit bolder this year since I can no longer be afraid to step out there. I'm more direct and forward in terms of them wanting Champagne houses on Beer budgets. I've always told my true feelings in terms of a property but some have tried to lead me around by my teeth and that I put my foot down on.
I like to tell it like it is. I can usually do that pretty tactfully, too.
William Feela - it pays to tell them the truth! And I have stopped many buyers from buying a home that will not fit their wants and needs. And yes, they thanked me by sending referrals.
A professional real estate agent should not a just a 'yes' man!
Always tell the truth, and tactfully. They need to hear the truth, and don't want it coming back on me.
I try to be a good listener and tell them I hear them and understand their viewpoint. But I will state my points even if it is contrary to what they want to hear. I do it in a kind way and do not belittle them.
William Feela I'm not a fan a being a yes-man or having them around me - I want honest & accurate and do what I can to deliver that to those who work with me
I not only work for my clients, but I work with them as well. They have a right to know and it is my duty to tell them what I know.
Always tell the truth. Sometimes you have to be careful with the delivery of the facts.