Do actions speak louder? Yes! They definitely do!

by | Dec 3, 2013 | Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Relationships (Self and Others)

We all know the cliché, “Actions speak louder than words”, don’t we? Well, it became a cliché for a reason… because it is so true! People often learn and believe what they see in practice, rather than just what they hear. Believe me, if anyone is a fan of linguistic skills, it’s me. So I am not saying that your words are not important – they most definitely are. And they have a huge impact – from your self-talk to how your influence your family, friends, colleagues and teams. For all of us, especially leaders, we really do need to remember and honour our old cliché though… Successful people act as if their decisions will appear on the news or in the newspaper. Choose to take action and 7 Key Steps to…

‘be the difference that makes the difference’

    1. Practice respect and integrity in all that you do – whether it be your dealings with a supplier, customer, colleague, boss, petrol attendant or yourself.
    2. Tame your ego and forget perfectionism – a strive for excellence is worthwhile, it’s perfectionism that kills personal and professional relationships.
    3. Manage your emotions – IQ alone is not enough to get you places… high EQ is the biggest difference that makes the difference! (the results we are getting with our “Key Steps to the Best YOU through EQ” programme are speaking for themselves!)
    4. Remain logical, reasonable and consistent.
    5. Honour confidences and always help people avoid embarrassment.
    6. Avoid threatening others or allowing others to threaten or intimidate you – practice true assertion at all times, (if you’re not sure how, book us for an Assertive & Constructive Communication Skills session).
    7. Stop the blame game, apologise when you make mistakes and…

“be the difference that makes the difference




NOTE: The information in my blog may be freely shared and re-used in any online or offline publication, provided it is accompanied by the following credit line: This was written by Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, and originally appeared in her free bi-weekly  ‘Key Steps Food for Thought Blog’ available on the Key Steps website.

Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, EQ Expert, Founder and CEO

Sharon is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation. Her PhD thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that was published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to the field.

Sharon is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. She is also a COMENSA Master Practitioner (CMP), a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT™) and an accredited Global Virtual Speaker. Sharon is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an NLP master practitioner.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her genuinely caring manner, practical and transformational approach, and for providing valuable tools and that allow people to take Key Steps to really… ‘be the difference that makes the difference.’