We are all blabber mouths. 98% of people like to hear themselves talk, so they do a lot of it (fake statistic for entertainment purposes).
Too often, however, we talk too soon. We are all prone to knee-jerk reactions that make us blurt stuff out that might not be as precise or effective as we would have liked. I do it all the time.
Here’s what I’ve learned, or am learning, though. If you take 10 seconds to think about what you’re about to say, before you say anything, that is enough time to collect your thoughts, organize them, and deliver more compelling information, arguments, stories, and rebuttals. Yes, just 10 measly seconds can do all this for you.
TAKE ACTION: Next time you feel the creeping urge to respond to someone’s question or comment as soon as their lips stop moving….suppress that urge! Wait 10 seconds to get your shit together, and then deliver something nearing perfection.