The recent comments about Syria "crossing a red line" has fueled a lot of speculation and angst. Some say that the President boxed himself into a corner. I do not profess to understand the nuance of politics, let alone the burdens one in his position must bear.
I do know that some business people say things that box them into a corner. While the stakes may not rise to the level of world politics there is no doubt the potential consequences are very real.
Whether you have a big mouth or not, here are a couple of things to think about:
Bite Your Tongue
Before you speak, think about what it is you are going to say. If your talk necessitates action, be sure its action you can undertake. If it pre-supposes certain facts, make sure you have them straight. If what you have to say is sensitive or may be difficult for others to hear, put yourself in their shoes before you blurt it out. Chances are you'll find a far more effective way to say what needs to be said.
Take an inventory of your limitations and strengths; you'll make better choices when speaking to others. The better informed you are of yourself and of what you are speaking about, the better off you'll be. Sounds easy but like anything else, it helps to prepare; particularly when the unexpected comes along and you are scrambling for the right thing to say. What have you got to lose? You might be surprised by what you learn.
Big mouth or not, the day is going to come when, for lack of a better concept, you're going to stick your foot in it (your mouth that is). No big deal; we've all done it, some of us (yeah me), a lot. This is not the time for smoke and mirrors, misdirection or finger-pointing. Suck it up, you messed up. What's the worst that can happen?
The bottom line (I hate the term but it works) is integrity. We all have important things to say and we sure do want to be heard. But it's not about being the loudest or the meekest. It's a matter of being genuine and making your words count.