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The Power of Silence

Just by the title, you may assume this promotes staying quiet.

Not so. In my decades of professional work, I've seen misuses of silence in meetings, informal discussions, and presentations. Let's take a look at some examples.

Disinterested

If you are always quiet in meetings, others may perceive you as disinterested and not caring enough to opine or contribute.

Inept

Another risk in staying silent is being viewed as being inept or unable to add any value. This is especially risky to future opportunities to lead others or an organization.

Braggart

This one is more obvious. This person always has something to say and everyone knows it. Peers are exhausted and management sees right through it. Typically the value added is very light or at best hidden.

Squeaky Wheel

This person has an axe to grind. They have a hopper of complaints from which to draw and often poison the waters of innovation.

You

So where do you land? Have you seen these characters? The masters of silence hold the single key to success - listening.

Start with active listening. Get the lay of the land. Study the room and understand the scope if the dialogue. A brainstorming scrum is much different than a performance review! Check yourself to make sure your goal is to add value rather than to hear yourself or to make sure you are heard by the right people.

Grab your key and unlock the mastery of conversation contribution!