I was eight months pregnant with my third child and one of my daughters, then 16 months old, looked at me and said, “Mommy, you don’t have a belly button.” Really? I didn’t need to be reminded of the fact that I wasn’t my trim self, but nevertheless she stated the truth, ugly or not. We all have those “kids say the darndest things” moments. In fact, there are a number of books on the topic, some of the most popular by the talented Bill Cosby and Art Linkletter. As they point out, children have the innate ability to state the truth at the most inopportune times, even if it hurts.
A debt crisis, global economic uncertainties, war in the Middle East, earthquakes and hurricanes — everyone is dealing with some sort of uncertainty in their lives. This is the time to communicate more than ever and to tell the truth to your associates. The truth is usually much less scary than the rumors flying around.
As public relations professionals, we have to be able to communicate the truth, even if it hurts!