To be Honest with you...

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To be Honest with you...

Why do we preface our statements with "To be Honest with you"? What does this really mean when someone states that? Is this because, we normally aren't honest when we speak?

What about, "To tell you the Truth"? Again, does this mean that when we speak we normally don't tell the truth?To be Honest with you and to tell you the truth

These are phrases that are so commonly used, and when I think the phrase might be fitting I still bite my tongue as I just refuse to let that come out of my mouth as I don't want people to think that I don't normally tell the truth or I"m normally not honest.

I was raised to be honest and to tell the truth so, to me, these phrases are just a given, just understood. And I'm not talking about the little white lie as their okay, right? Smile.

Perhaps we use these phrases as we desire to put an emphasis on the fact that we're honest or we're telling the truth because what we're about to say is really important. Maybe.

Have you ever thought about this much like me or does it just slip out of your mouth as you've always spoken this way not really thinking twice about it's real significance?

As a Coral Springs REALTOR®, I feel that the only way that my customers are going to trust me is if I'm honest with them and that I tell them the truth. What type of  REALTOR® can gain the confidence of their customers if they lack the integrity that has resulted in dishonesty and lies?

This is not only relevant in South Florida Real Estate but anywhere or in any circumstance. I guess this has always been like the scratching of fingernails across a chalkboard to me, as my mom frequently reminded me as a young child that if I wasn't honest and didn't tell the truth to her that she'd always find out and you know, she always did catch me! Lessons learned. And, if you asked my son about using these phrases, I'm sure you can imagine what he'd say.

 

 

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Karen Krupovage
Affinity Real Estate, LLC Alamogordo, New Mexico - Alamogordo, NM
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Great point!  Wish we could clear out a few of the other over used annoying phrases too - "know what I mean?" ;-) If there were only a mirror for our voice!  

Feb 09, 2012 07:57 AM #1
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Wendy Rulnick
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Could be a habit, but when it's unpleasant news, it slips out, Lynn! I "hear" you on the triteness. Maybe it softens the blow?

Feb 09, 2012 11:14 AM #2
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Lynn Pineda
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Karen, I do know what you mean!

Wendy, I know...habits can be hard to break!

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