No News is NOT Good News – It’s Potentially Horrible, Devastating, Terrifying News!

Okay, so as a motivational speaker, I have been known to exaggerate occasionally, but in this case it can be totally true.

Consider the time I was on a plane, flying along, when suddenly we hit some clear air turbulence that sent us violently bouncing around all over the place.  I IMMEDIATELY looked to the flight attendant nearby.  She had grabbed onto a setback to stabilize herself and the look on her face was just short of panic.

Why did I look to her?  Because I wanted information. I wanted to know what was going on.  I wanted to see in HER eyes whether or not I should be worried.  And when I saw her fear, mine immediately accelerated.

Bottom line: If there is turbulence in your life right now, there are probably some people who need information. Consider:

  1. Your children.  Financial difficulties? Marital discord? Talk to them, assuage their fears, make certain they know it is NOT them.
  2. Your employees.  Business challenges? Layoffs? Restructuring? Keep them in the loop.   If you have no news – tell them that you have no news, frequently.
  3. Your spouse or significant other.  Are you stressed? Concerned about employment, money, your health? Get in communication and tell them what you need, how they can help and ask them what THEY need from you.

And remember.  Talk often. STAY in communication.  No news is DEFINITELY not good news.

From your very own personal motivational speaker, Linda Larsen, always looking for ways to communicate better


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. Motivational speakers know the value of communication – the information you get from communication gives you the power to make an informed decision. Without good communications we are floundering in the dark, powerless to make positive changes. 

  2. Great reminder Linda, thanks! I need to remember that during turbulent times I can’t over communicate and that it’s not just not the words that I bring to conversations… my body plays a part too. I’ve found a useful barometer to use to measure whether the conversations I’m in (during these times) are productive… or not, is to consider what mood I evoked in the person I had the conversation with… and what my mood is after the conversation.

  3. Working on Leadership material for Executive Women International. What shows up over and over is the need to over-communicate! Thanks for a great example and reminder, Linda. Paul, enjoyed your comments as well. You both are incredible motivational speakers!

  4. I am a fan of over communication. I tend to make a point and then drive it home four more times – just to be sure there is no miscommunication. 

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