How to Gauge Veracity in Business Communications, News Stories
In today’s world, we hear, see and read a lot of material. How do you know what is true and what is false? Sensationalism, fear, and emotionalism often overrun facts. We must repeatedly ask: “What is real, and what is fiction?”
There are ways to discern truth and lies. One is to read as much as we can, see as much as we can, ask questions of a number of sources, check out your doubts and then use common sense as a bellwether to gauge veracity.
We are all in the same situation: how can we be sure? Here are two tests that we use to try and ascertain fact and fiction:
- Be knowledgeable about a wide variety of issues. This way, you’ll have some basis for making an informed decision. Informed decisions come from learning and experience.
- Talk to and trust other individuals you respect, those who have greater or different experiences and whose opinions you value. There is nothing wrong with reaching out to others to gain a varying point of view or test an assumption on a matter.
What we must not do is support, advocate or espouse some idea or belief about which we lack knowledge or understanding. It is far better to state, “I don’t know, but I’ll find out” than to support a position that could be fallacious.
At the end of the day, say nothing unless you are absolutely sure about the truth and accuracy of what’s about to come out of your mouth, go into an email or be written up as a case study.