Preserve Your Privacy!

Business Communication   Written by Sheila Murray Bethel on 11/2003 - Word Count: 380
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What follows is pure heresy! But it may very well save your sanity and give you back some privacy!

Guess what? You don't have to answer every question you are asked. It's perfectly o.k. to change the subject, smile nicely and excuse yourself. You are not required to respond just because someone else has the need to ask a question.


You might say, "But Sheila, if my boss or co-worker asks me a question I can't just ignore them". Of course you can't. First, you don't want to be rude and second, it's part of your job to respond. I'm referring to life in general. Start watching how many times you respond to something when you could have politely not done so. You'll be surprised.


Just because the phone rings, it doesn't mean you have to answer it. There are people who think you should be available 24/7. Two shockers here: You are not indispensable. If you think you are, ask someone at work how long it would take to replace you. And, if you've allowed others to invade your life 24 hours a day, you need to take a hard look at the balance in your life. You deserve your privacy.


Unplug-as often as possible. If you are addicted to technology, try unplugging a little bit at a time. There are studies being conducted to find ways to help people break their technology addiction. It is not a joke; it is a real problem that interferes with your health, your relationships and a balanced life.


Solitude, time alone, space to yourself, seclusion and retreat are all synonyms for privacy. No matter how you define it, you'll lower your stress and increase your well being when you preserve your privacy. Good luck!

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Sheila Murray Bethel is a best selling author, television personality and globally acclaimed professional speaker. Sheila's expertise is Change, Leadership, and Personal Excellence. She is the author of the best-selling book, Making A Difference: 12 Qualities That Make You a Leader, host of the new Public Television Specials, “Making A Difference”, and business woman. For information about Sheila’s Leadership Seminars and Workshops,

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