People say talkativeness is a favorable trait, but I beg to differ. I’ve been both talkative and relatively quiet at certain stages in life, and I have discovered that silence speaks volumes. One should carefully choose one’s words. People often say things they don’t mean, or wish they didn’t say. World leaders talk more than others, but when they speak they effectively communicate their thoughts.
Great leaders speak succintly so as to convey their message and avoid cumbersome misunderstandings. Concise thoughts promote clarity. Furthermore, dramatic pauses increase understanding and clarity. It allows the listener to fully process the information given to him/her. Great leaders and orators pause in speech. This produces a dramatic effect. Studies show that slow, clear and loud speaking orators avoid common misunderstandings and garner more support.
Lately, I’ve tried to speak verbosely, but this lead to misunderstandings. Less is more. Saying too much can thwart proper communication. Purposeful, effective communication is paramount.
“To speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.” – Ben Jonson
“The older I grow the more I listen to people that don’t talk much.” – German G. Glien
“Silents is one of the hardest arguments to refute.” – Josh Billings
“Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.” – Pubilius Syrus
Be careful what you say, when you say it, and how you say it.
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