If you think about it, the people we least enjoy being around aren’t the quiet or reserved ones. However long the silence may be, it’s usually not difficult to strike up a few moments of good conversation. If not, we can at least enjoy one another’s company in quiet companionship.
Actually, the people we dread being around the most are those brazen few whom insist on filling every silent moment with the sound of their own words. We know the kind – the ones who sit around and babble on and on about absolutely nothing of importance.
We can’t wait to find an excuse to get away from them!
This works in reverse too. If being around annoying people is irritating to us, why wouldn’t another be irritated if we, too, became brazen and babbled on and on about nothing of importance?
Sometimes, it is better to just sit and listen for a while. Take in the moment. Process the world around you in your mind long enough to form complex sentences and add value to the discussion.
The world is noisy and gets louder every year. So many distractions. So many things calling out for our attention. This can make it hard to put all of yourself into the words you speak.
More time spent in silence equals more time to influence.