Don’t Rain On My Parade & I Won’t Rain On Yours

You don’t have to be a motivational speaker to get enthusiastic and excited over some possibility that you can see in your life.  Something that’s maybe different, fun, a little risky, progressive, you name it.  And it’s very natural to want to tell someone about your idea.

I was at lunch the other day and while waiting for my friend to arrive, I could not help but overhear the conversation at the table next to me.  A woman was telling her man friend that she had this GREAT idea for a home based business.  After just a few sentences, he actually laughed and said, “Oh that’ll never work. Do you know how many people have tried that? You have to go soooo long without income! And how much does it cost to start up? You’re throwing your money away if you do that.”

If I’d had an umbrella with me I would have pulled it out and handed it to her.

As your very own person Communication Analyzer, I offer you a way to respond if someone starts naysaying your idea – AND a way to respond if someone tells you something that makes you feel compelled to tell them just what a bad idea they are considering.

When you are on the receiving end of a Parade Rainer, trying responding with,

“I know you want to make sure I don’t make a costly decision, and I do appreciate that. However, my success depends upon a positive attitude and total belief in myself so I’m going to ask you to please keep your concerns private.”

When you feel like you need to be the Parade Rainer, try responding with,

“You seem very enthused and committed to this idea. I’m sure you’ve done all your homework and feel confident in your decision – so I wish you much success!”

One more thought:  SOMETIMES, when you feel like you have information the person SHOULD know about their idea, there is a way to share that information such that the person can make more informed decision.  In such a case, you COULD say:

“You seem very excited about this idea. I have some information that may or may not be of interest to you regarding this (company, person, etc) and I’d like to share that with you, but only if you would like me to.  You probably already know everything there is to know about this so if you aren’t interested, I totally understand.”

Ahhh. Can’t you just FEEL the skies clearing up?

From your high & dry motivational speaker, Linda Larsen 





Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Awesome Linda!  I really hate it when people rain on my parade.  I like “thank you for sharing”. And when I say it with just the right amount of sarcasm, they get that they are raining on my parade! This actually gets a laugh.  Seriously though, when someone nay-says an idea, they are really representing more of who they are then the person they are talking to.  And, like I say in my motivational talks, when you follow the advice of people INSTEAD of following your gut, you’re living in their comfort zone and not your own. Thanks Linda – great topic.

  2. The skies are sunny thanks to your incredible suggestions motivational speaker Linda Larsen! Our future (thanks to your suggestion) is so bright, we better wear shades.

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