An Opinion Piece by Danielle Andrews, President of The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada Inc.
There has been a recent trend where wedding professionals are swearing in their Social Media, on professional forums, or Blogs. They seem to think it makes them “authentic”, real and relatable.
My mother always says, “Swearing only shows your ignorance of the English language.” While it used to bug me as a teenager, it rings true. The minute you start swearing in a professional setting, you lose all credibility with me. I can’t see you as anything but unprofessional and crass.
Don’t get me wrong, I swear in daily life, most people do. But you won’t catch me swearing in a professional setting. That is not the place.
Swearing in a professional capacity is not authentic or keeping it real, it’s unprofessional and shows a lack of decorum, tact and imagination. All things that are highly undesirable in a wedding planner.
You can be funny, witty, engaging, and relatable without being vulgar or crass.
Unfortunately we live in a time of keyboard warriors, everyone feels safe to say what they want behind their computer screen. And dare I say it, they think they look cool spouting off and ranting at strangers. While inappropriate anywhere, this conduct does not belong in a professional setting.
When in a disagreement, if you have to resort to profanity and name-calling to make your point you have already lost.
Always remember, online professional forums require the same amount of professionalism as a professional in-person mixer would.