White Lies to Save Face?

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White Lies ot Save Face? 


This past Monday I ended up with a flat tire. My networking group meeting started at 7:30 am and I saw that my tire was low, but figured I'd be okay at 9 to visit the dealership to have them fix it.  Well that didn't pan out and AAA ended up swapping it out for my spare tire.  

The AAA tech that showed up was the brightest crayon in the box.  He was smiling, well dressed, sharp and called to say he was on his way.  What a great ending to a mishap!  

So on to the car dealership to see if the tire could be fixed.  While I was in the waiting room I couldn't help but overhear the guy 2 seats away answer his phone.  What he proceeded to say caught my attention.


"Hey I didn't forget about you. I've been busy this week." The man near me was speaking to what seemed like a client.

 Normally this wouldn't be a big deal, but hey it was Monday. I would expect this telephone conversation on a Thursday, but not the first business day if the week. Made me think this crafty service related person/business was being less than truthful.


 Have you ever told a white lie in business to save face?


 I've probably done this when first becoming an agent when I wasn't quite sure what to say. But not anytime in the last several years.


 In my mind it doesn't make sense to tell white lies. First I feel it's probably just as obvious to others as it was to me when I heard "the little white lie."


 It's best to be truthful And honest in all business dealings. Clients will most likely understand and you can work even harder to make it up to them. They'll know and feel that extra effort. And you'll feel good about doing it. White lies are also easy to forget, which can bite you on the backside!


So the next time this happens, suck it up and be honest. You'll feel better about yourself in the end!


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John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

To save face?  Nah.  I usually just fess up because I've decided a long time ago that I'm ok with not being perfect or for screwing up from time to time.  White lies have their place, but usually only when it comes to avoiding hurt feelings.

Jan 27, 2015 10:02 AM #1
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Tell the truth and there is nothing you have to remember. That's something my Grandmother told me when I was little.  I might tell a little white fib if someone asks if I like their new hair cut and they aren't my BFF, but never to make excuses for myself.

Jan 27, 2015 10:46 AM #2
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

John Meussner - Exactly.  I've told a couple like that, "Do I look fat in these pants!" 

Tammy Lankford - Great point.  White lies have a place, in dressing rooms and hair salons!

Jan 27, 2015 10:50 AM #3
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

The truth is always the best policy.  And clients definitely appreciate it.

Jan 27, 2015 11:21 AM #4
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

I think I am more honest as I get older Jan. I guess that makes me pretty honest!  :)

Jan 27, 2015 12:18 PM #5
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I have found over the years it is much easier to just tell the truth...besides, half the time, people almost expect an excuse or "white lie," so when I just fess up and say, "Hey, I screwed up," they find it surprisingly refreshing. 

Jan 27, 2015 12:24 PM #6
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

People would rather have the honesty than a lie for an excuse.

Jan 27, 2015 01:16 PM #7
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

I can't even remember when I told a lie, or fib.  I'm not sure if it's because I'm honest, or just too lazy to keep track.

Jan 27, 2015 03:00 PM #8
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Jan,

You are so right..people know when you are fibbing especially if they are looking at you and many times in your voice over the phone.....never pays..always best to tell the truth!

Jan 27, 2015 09:46 PM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Being truthful is always the best policy.

You could write a series of blogs on this topic.

Jan 29, 2015 10:14 AM #10
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Jan, I stand by that old adage that if you always tell the truth then you don't have to remember what you said!

Jan 30, 2015 07:59 AM #11
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