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Don't Discuss Private Business in Public

You never know who might be listening

By
Lisa B. Marshall
1-minute read

If you have traveled on any major rail line, I'm sure you’ve heard doctors, lawyers, accountants, and other busy professionals discussing private client matters. While I understand the need to get work done during long commutes, is it really worth the risk of violating privacy?

My friend, Larissa, is a partner in a law firm and she has heard many stories of lawyers talking about their clients in the elevator or train only to find the client or, even worse, their opponent, right there too! Long ago, she took me to a famous Philadelphia restaurant with a domed roof and showed me how in certain spots, a quiet whisper at one table could be heard clear across the room. Who knew?

Lesson learned -- don't talk about private business in public!

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About the Author

Lisa B. Marshall

Lisa B. Marshall Lisa holds masters with duel degrees in interpersonal/intercultural communication and organizational communication. She’s the author of Smart Talk: The Public Speaker's Guide to Success in Every Situation, as well as Ace Your Interview, Powerful Presenter, and Expert Presenter. Her work has been featured in CBS Money Watch, Ragan.com, Woman's Day, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and many others. Her institutional clients include Johns Hopkins Medicine, Harvard University, NY Academy of Science, University of Pennsylvania, Genentech, and Roche.