Expressing intent when speaking is sometimes difficult to master. We live in a world that uses sarcasm, manipulation, and ridicule in normal everyday conversations. We need to remove these elements from our work conversations and accurately communicate feelings and ideas so our audience properly understands the message.
This does not mean that you should say anything and everything that is on your mind. To speak with intent also means to speak with integrity and respect others.
Successful communication is essential in diverse work environments. A successful conversation is one in which both sides come away with the same understanding. If you do not accurately explain your intent, another person from a different culture or background may misinterpret the message.
If your intentions are good, even a confrontational message can have a positive outcome. The same message delivered with malicious intent will be met with hostility and backlash.