Sunday, April 7, 2019

Waiting To Speak

Whenever someone tells me something my brain immediately retrieves relevant information, similar experiences and wants to talk about it.

Consciously I have to tell myself to be quiet. Two ears one mouth.

When someone is speaking we should be listening, not preparing to speak. This seems harder when I’m with people I feel comfortable with or believe I know well. With a stranger, I’m more careful with my words. With family, it seems like I’m thinking as I speak, which is often the case.

Awareness of this is the first step to being a better communicator. Listen, ponder, respond. Not always, but more frequently, and with practice.