Think before you speak. This sounds obvious, right? But how many times have you spoken to someone without really thinking through the consequences of saying those words? Especially if you’re angry or agitated — taking time to calm down, gather your thoughts, and choosing your words well will go a long way to helping your conversation start off successfully. Then, perhaps the person will be interested to hear what you have to say! “If you blurt, you can hurt!” Indeed, take time to think about what you want to say.