Venting Feels So Good – Just Make Sure You Know the Right Way to do It

Introvert Whisperer

I just spent time with a friend of mine that needed to vent. When we were done, she said she felt much better. Venting does have its place in order to release pent-up frustration. We all do it but there are some insider tips about it, you need to know.


Venting can be a good way to let off steam and stress. We all need to do it sometimes and you have to be selective about who you vent to. At work, we do face a considerable number of frustrating things and it’s easy to vent to your work peers. The problem with doing that is that if it is about the boss or another person (which it usually is) what you say will most likely get back to that person.


I don’t care how “confidential” you try to make your venting; don’t count on it staying that way. Trust me, as a manager, it always got back to me plus I usually knew when it got to others. News travels fast.


If you need to vent about a work issue, find a person who isn’t at work and is neutral. (Being neutral simply means they will listen and not make you feel worse)


My rule of thumb when venting to anyone at work is this: If it’s okay with you that anyone hears what you are about to say – go for it. If not, don’t say it.


If you want, you can vent to me. If you want me to shift into “coach”, just let me know.


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  • Career Metis

    Dorothy – I think venting is effective. All of us need an outlet. However, sometimes people tend to take it overboard. For example, we all know people who are Professional Venters:)
    As you have alluded – venting to your colleagues is not always the most effective option.

    • Dorothy Tannahill-Moran

      I agree. Unfortunately, I don’t think the “professional venters” are aware that’s what they do. The key to success is self-awareness.

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