Less is more. I think this is a very interesting analogy….
I saw a comment on Linkedin that really got me thinking - “Stop talking, before people stop listening”. Perhaps because yesterday I stood up to talk in front of a crowd of people. My biggest fear, whenever I speak to an audience, is always this – Is what I have to say, even of interest to these people? I worry about how I will fill a 20 minute slot with relevant information. When you think about it though, Less really is more. People can only retain a certain amount of information, even if it’s facts. “Stop talking before people stop listening". Surely this should apply to everything we say…and even write!
Sales pitches / strategy meetings
Advice to employees
Emails. I am definitely a culprit here! I have to read an email 300 times before I send it. WARNING: What you actually want to say may get lost in all the white noise of how you are saying it.
Conversations with colleagues or friends – hence why hybrid working is actually not a bad thing in many work environments!
Interviews – This is a HUGE one in my line of work. I often get feedback from client’s saying, “They talked too much” or “They went off on a tangent”. This often comes down to nerves. I get it. I have done it! However, the person on the receiving end is not always that empathetic. Rambling could cost you your dream job.
Advice to your kids – To be fair, my kids switch off the minute I call their name – not sure how much simpler you can make this one! In fact, this applies with spouses too!
Not to contradict myself, because I do believe that everyone has something of value to say / contribute. Often however, we just take too long to say it.
“stop talking before people stop listening” – this is one for the pin board!