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SL Column: Loud Pipes

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Loud Pipes

     You can hear them from a distance. The rumble of a cruiser or high whine of a sport motorcycle. Loud pipes are either annoying or they are welcome warnings depending on individual points of view. Ask a loud pipe motorcycle owner and you will most likely hear the justification that loud pipes save lives. One undisputed fact is that loud pipes are heard.

     You can be a loud pipe and be heard yourself. The question is, which type are you: annoying, or a welcome warning? Being a loud pipe is simply asserting yourself and making your thoughts and ideas known to others. The following suggestions help you become the welcome warning.

  • Speak up using a helpful rather than accusatory tone.
  • Remain objective rather than subjective. Keep away from personality attacks or blame.
  • Approach your thoughts, views, and ideas from your point of view. Use “I feel”, “It seems to me”, “I have an idea”, or “I think”, for examples.
  • Relate what you have to say to what is in it for the other person. Your idea must offer a benefit to those to whom you tell in order for them to care about the idea.

     If loud pipes save lives, then be a loud pipe and make your contribution heard. You could be the saving voice for the next situation you encounter.

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