Liberals are frustrating. I get that. There’s something about the liberal mindset that baffles all of us conservatives. Uneducated voters are maddening. Why don’t they care about the process that determines the leader of our free world? It just doesn’t make sense. Regardless of the situation, sometimes you need to give the world a piece of your mind. You step up on your soapbox, pull up social media, and furiously begin typing. 

We’ve all been there. Once your thoughts and opinions are all typed out, you feel relieved, like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. You press “post” with a contented sigh, and all’s right with the world. Then comes the part you weren’t prepared for, a flood of comments from your friends, family, and even strangers. They’re twisting your words and missing the point. To avoid a flood of attacks that you can’t fend off, here are a few tips to remember when dusting off your soapbox.

  1. Name calling gets you nowhere. Yes, Hillary’s pantsuit collection is borderline obsessive, Trump does have an orange tint from too many hours in the tanning bed, and Obama’s ears are big compared to the rest of his head. No, these are not components of a good argument. Save the name calling for the playground and stay focused on issues.

  2. Proofread before posting. I cannot stress this enough. Nothing diminishes your credibility like spelling and grammar errors. I understand that you’re fired up, but take time to dial it back and make sure that your post is presentable. This will prevent you from looking unintelligent and keep the comments focused on issues rather than the distinction between your and you’re.

  3. Focus on one issue at a time. It is so tempting to give liberals a piece of your mind on health care, abortion, political correctness, and the Second Amendment all in the same post. Despite that urge, it’s important to focus on one issue at a time. Posts that address many issues at once tend to be unfocused and they bounce around, often coming off as unorganized and confusing. By addressing one topic at a time, you can minimize confusion and get your point across more effectively.

  4. Try not to ramble. While this argument has most likely been plaguing you for a long time, it’s important to get to the point. No one gets on social media to read a novel. The most effective rants are often short and stay on message. Use strong words that will impact your audience rather than going on and on. They most likely don’t need nine examples of cases when the Second Amendment was helpful. Overloading your audience with words will scare them off and encourage them to keep scrolling rather than read what you have to say.

  5. Cut back on the profanity. You’re preaching from your soapbox because this issue holds a special place in your heart, I understand. While passion is sure to enhance your post, excessive profanity will distract people from the message. Profanity, in most cases, tends to come off as juvenile and a sign that you can’t think of a more intelligent way to make your point. By reducing profanity, you will present yourself as a mature and educated adult, rather than a kid rebelling against their parents.

  6. Know your facts. Before you even consider sharing your opinion, research it. Do not attempt to represent a side of an argument that you know very little about. There’s a good chance people will challenge you. Be ready. Don’t let opposition show you up on your own post because you weren’t ready. Understanding both sides of the argument will not only transform you into a more educated voter, it also will save you from embarrassment.

  7. Stand up for yourself, but don’t dwell on arguing. Some people won’t agree with you, it’s a fact of life. When your friends or followers challenge you, stand up for your opinion, but don’t continue arguing in circles for the sake of winning. There’s nothing you can do if someone is too close minded to listen to another viewpoint. The sooner you accept that, the better off you will be.  

  8. Don’t live on your soapbox. You are passionate, incredibly involved, and have a lot to say. Everyone has that one friend that is always ranting about something on social media and chances are, you scroll past their daily rant without a second glance – don’t be that person. 

  9. Check yourself. Often times, the things we say are misunderstood or taken the wrong way. It is important to avoid coming off as hypocritical. When stepping up on that soapbox, make sure your words match your actions to avoid controversy.

  10. Own it. Stand proud up on your soapbox. You’ve decided to commit to putting your opinions out there, so own them. Be fearless, stay proud.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting on your soapbox. Follow these tips and you will be sure to make a lasting impact without sparking too much controversy.

Lauren N
Lauren is one of our managing editors here at Future Female Leaders. When she is not editing FFL articles, you can find her color coding her whole life in her Lilly Pulitzer agenda. She's a southern girl who loves Hokie football and isn't afraid to be politically incorrect, so consider this your trigger warning.

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