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R-E-S-P-E-C-T Find out what it means to me!

The song was originally written and recorded by Otis Redding in 1965 . Just like so many other things someone came along and made it even better and it was released by Aretha Franklin.  Franklin said it best in her legendary hit song R-E-S-P-E-C-T released in 1967 ((Wikipedia).  Lately I've been hearing and seeing so many references to respect and what it means to different people. Whether it's a friendship, marriage, business relationship, etc, everyone has their own definition of what they consider to be respectful vs. disrespectful. 

For example, I was watching a movie and the characters were involved in illegal drug activities. Despite what they were doing the entire plot was based on earning someone's respect. A person may look at this and think how do you require respect in an environment of violence and drug use? But my take away was that even drug dealers have boundaries. We may not agree with it but it works for their lifestyle.

In our line of work respect is important because when clients contact us regardless of their position in life we treat everyone the same. We would never want someone contacting us to inquire about an event and walk away feeling disrespected in anyway. This is a challenge sometimes because clients are sometimes disrespectful and we're faced with trying to remain professional when we've been placed in an awkward position.  

Personally I feel disrespected when someone doesn't say Carolima's correctly and they bypass it like it's not a big deal. It may sound petty to some people but I think there's so much in a name and when someone shares how it's supposed to be pronounced it should be respected. The same holds true for individual names. If you mispronounce someone's name you should apologize and correct it. No questions asked. 

What are some instances where you've felt disrespected by someone? How did you handle it? 


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