I've been in difficult situations of late. Not knowing what would be the "Smart" thing to say, trying to protect my interests, dealing with sticky situations, risks, etc. I have also screwed up by being upfront and brash, so I have learned the hard way to take things slowly, think before responding, etc. I have been consulting with a few good friends, briefing them, taking their opinion. As one would imagine, opinions are conflicted, people come from various perspectives and not necessarily aligned with your own. I am tired of repeating my story to 2 or 3 different people, but I remind myself that one's gotta do what one's gotta do. I take in these different opinions, sit back, evaluate, and find myself coming full circle. Responding in exactly the way I'd have done in the first place: that is, to tell the truth. Be straightforward and frank. Because at the end of the day, its important to be open and honest in order to be understood.
Hope it works.