How to Be Tactful and Diplomatic

How to Be Tactful and Diplomatic

Being tactful and diplomatic is a skill that has taken me many year’s to hone, fine tune, and master. Honestly, I learned exactly how to approach various situations during my tenure working for Juanita Moore, President & CEO of The Wright Museum of African American History. She is the queen of tact and diplomacy which makes me the mini-queen (yes, I’ve coined a term) in my own right.

Now, let me be honest and say that I use to be brash when dealing with people more often than I would like to admit but, the key is that I wanted to do better and be better because I have a genuine love for people. See, I know that if they are in my life, we are connected for a purpose and there is a bigger picture being painted.

Tactfulness is the ability to be sensitive when dealing with others in a difficult or uneasy situation and, it is also having a keen sense of how to say something and not be offensive. Diplomacy is liken to tact however, it is considered more of an art being effective yet sensitive (i.e. diplomats in politics). In fact, there are a lot of words that roll-up into tact and diplomacy like: Respect, gratitude, emotional intelligence, self-love, courtesy, kindness, and compassion to name a few.

I believe that one is an expert when you are confident in providing a service or outcome after having tested many methods or strategies. That is why I can say, I am becoming more of an expert on tact and diplomacy each and every day. Especially when living in a world that is pumped up on power, fame, need, greed, and any other noun you can think of. It is so easy nowadays to spew venom from our mouth’s and use our body language to slice someone in half but, a true champion has figured out that it is an art to to making a firm point without making an enemy.

Listen, people do not like feeling like they are being attacked…Period! So, it would behoove you to learn what I believe is one of the most important traits of working with or spending any amount of time with people — diplomacy and tact.

It is important to tell the truth but, in a manner that a person can feel your compassion, sincerity, understanding, and support. And, you must know that being able to deal with situations with tact and diplomacy saves your reputation (personally and professionally), uplifts your spirit, and can ensure that your character does not waver.

Now, here are a few ways (that will sound familiar) to become more tactful and diplomatic…

  • Think before you speak
  • Speak clearly with a friendly tone
  • Don’t join in on every debate
  • Be approachable
  • Avoid responding when you agitated
  • Watch your body language and tone

Your overall success and personal achievement will depend on your ability to be cordial by applying tact and diplomacy and, I challenge you today to move them up on your self-development list today.

Move Forward In RIGHTeousness XOXO 




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