SAY NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

SAY NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

Speaker G: According to upcough.com, 15 million people died of cough in 2018.

Audience: WOW! That’s massive ooo 😮😯

Judge Truth: You all have spoken well. However, Speaker G, you need to get your facts right. You gave a false fact that 15 million people died of cough in 2018. However, what the source states is that for every one person that has cough, 10 other people become infected.

Audience: (with a mixture of laughter and yell) 😂😂😂 Mad oo. So this guy dey give us fabuu ni sha🤣
[end of story]😁

In my sojourn as a public speaker, I’ve had experiences and met with fellow speakers who provide the audience with false information on a particular topic. They have faked facts, twisted sources and inflated figures just for the sake of wowing the audience or playing smart to favour themselves. The truth is, whether you’re a writer or a speaker, the need to provide your audience or readers with substantial information is very important as the purpose of this art is to either inform, entertain and/or educate.

“In his book, 7 out of every 10 boys have beards as a result of eating red apples”. (Smiles) this is the popular way of running away from making deep research and that really does not portray a good attitude as a writer or speaker. The question we then ask is, who is that ‘his’?, infact, what book is that? Even, some state a fake title and withhold the author’s name. You have just deceived yourself by doing that and in the end, you add no value to yourself.
Writing articles and speeches take processes of which research takes a whole lot of the time because, you want to state the accurate statistics and simplify the facts that you find to buttress your points.

Remember that originality is a true quality of a great writer and speaker. So, when you begin to twist facts and provide false statements in order to favour you, you lose your credibility in the sight of those who later find out that you are lying. Remember, information travels faster and farther than legs. So, anytime a spirit is telling you to change facts, remember that the devil is playing with your reputation and what Satan does is to make you fall into trouble and expose you to the public.

During a tournament, two years ago, I remember that after every round of debate, the judges came forward to correct speakers and part of what they did was rebutting false facts through the help of fact checkers. This helps to curb the menace of telling lies and laziness. Just as we are baffled by the incessant publishing of fake news during this time of covid, telling lies and giving hasty generalizations make the audience doubt you.

Therefore, to guard your reputation and save yourself from giving false information, do the following.
1. Confirm that the fact you’re providing is reported by more than one reputable source.

2. Always be original. That saves you from faking information because you know that your points are similar to other people.

3. Master the best source to consult for a particular type of information. E.G Nigeria Bureau of Statistics for population statistics and related figures; Forbes for business; Minister for Sports for sports, not agriculture and so on.

4. In the bid not to plagiarize, understand what each fact is saying and logically explain them.

In conclusion, just like Paolo Coehlo said, telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie and making someone smile. I will beseech thee that telling the truth and guarding your reputation is better than telling a lie to favour your side. For remember, while the lie might slide at that moment, your reputation is doubted for a longer time.

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