Many of us are landlords. Hopefully we communicate well with our tenants.
Now more than ever, it is vital we carefully watch what we say and do around them.
Don [tag-ice]Imus[/tag-ice] is an example of what not to do.
I know what we’re thinking. We would never say anything as insulting as the well-known radio host said to the [tag-tec]Rutgers girls’ basketball team[/tag-tec].
Frankly, it took me a long while to even figure out what [tag-self]Imus[/tag-self] actually meant. I guess I’m showing my ignorance here.
I work with inner city children every week and I don’t understand a lot of what they’re talking about half the time. Maybe it’s better that way.
But just the other night, we did make one little girl stop singing a song that we suspected was very bad. And no, I don’t want to know what that song meant either.
But our society has moved into a realm of total abandonment of good manners in thought and deed. You can say whatever pops into your mind and mostly get by with that. If someone gets insulted or upset or hurt so what?
Let freedom of speech ring.
But no more. The watershed moment came this past week with the firing of the great Imus.
Now the call is going out to temper talk on the airways. In other words, it’s high time people watched their tongues- everywhere.
But let’s get back to tenants.
Diplomacy goes a long way.
Even if you want to blast them, melt them down, or chastise them, and they absolutely deserve it, a strong tongue lashing is not the way to go.
Because the climate of this country is changing. If you slip up and say the wrong things and insult them in the wrong ways, you could possibly be taken to court.
There are other much more effective ways to deal with the daily tenant stuff that will come up. Ways of predicting it, ways of handling it well. We’ll get into to that more in later posts.
Meanwhile, keep a tighter lid on your words and your mouth. Your future may depend on it.
“A fool’s lips bring him strife,
And his mouth invites a beating.”