There is a veritable plethora of interview clichés that people say. One I hear again just the other day is “to be completely honest.”
Anyone want to guess what my first thought is when I hear this? Depending on my mood I have one of a few. I have to resist saying one of the following statements:
- Oh, I don’t want that… lie to me.
- So, you haven’t been honest so far?
- Define completely.
- Wait, say that again.
I know that after saying many people immediately recognize the idiocy in the statement. I am not saying they are an idiot but that phrase is. I know it is because I have said it and right after the words come out of my mouth I think… you so idiot.
If you find yourself saying “to be completely honest” a lot, stop it! No really, stop it!
I think self awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.
Billie Jean King