I’m a firm believer in the idea that there’s a time and a place for everything.
Precisians would call this “effective communication”. I think everyone else would just call it common sense.
I thought about this last week at a coffee meeting with Hot Chocolate, my new business mentor who’s just a year older than me, but is extremely well-established in his professional and personal life. I had been trying to pin him down for a one-on-one meeting since January, and our schedules finally aligned to meet up one chilly afternoon in April.
He gave me some good leads and ideas to try with my business, but then he threw this in: “Now just because the people I’m telling you about are black and you’re black doesn’t mean you can talk to them any kind of way.”