Uncomfortable or not, it’s always best to communicate in a way that leaves little room for misunderstanding. Risk being as direct as possible. Trust your instincts and express yourself.

Here’s an email response that came back from a reporter to one of my co-workers at my PR firm. This response is pricelessly direct!


Thanks for reaching out. I will be out of the office on paternity leave until after the New Year. To save my sanity, I’ve set all incoming messages sent to me until then to delete. If you want me to see your message, please send it again once I’m back in the office.

For immediate assistance: Please send news pitches to ONLY ONE PERSON PLEASE,  Either Tom, Dick or Sally (not the real names & emails, I made that up)


This smart reporter made a conscious choice to 1) Connect with his new family and enjoy his break from work without distractions,  2) He committed to being very clear about his choice, and 3) Like a good parent, he stated the consequence and told everyone what to do to avoid it. Kind of like: If you don’t want to get hit by a taxi, step out of the way!

This guy aced direct communication! How can we find ways in our own lives to start communicating more directly?

This is Silver Disobedience® philosophy. I’m @DianGriesel aka @SilverDisobedience A Perception Analyst who shares my Daily Meditations for other Ageless, Passionate & Curious People.  More info in my bio & my websites.