Maybe I’m just feeling cranky, but while attending a business luncheon, I watched as an
obnoxious braggart businessman inserted himself numerous times at the microphone, taking command of the room unnecessarily.
Not because he was brilliant or funny or full of wisdom, he just thought he was.
Most of us have come across these individuals. People who interrupt when someone else is speaking, clearly of the mindset that they are the center of the universe.
As as a young person, I was quite shy, often finding it difficult to raise my hand without turning every conceivable hue of red. It took a great deal of courage to offer my opinion.
Those who know me as an adult are now shouting, “WHAT?” That’s right people, I was not always the confident, outspoken person I am today.
One of the benefits of aging is developing a bit of self-confidence. I can hold my own when it comes to regaling stories in a room full of people. But I don’t consider myself to be obnoxious or rude. Perhaps because my parents taught me that sometimes it is as important to listen as it is to be heard.
So it got me to thinking.
The loudest person in the room is not necessarily the person who needs to be heard. Profoundly insightful of me, don’t you think?
But just give it some thought for a moment. Consider those who are quieter or shy in nature. How daunting it must be to speak up when the room is full of big personalities or worse, an obnoxious baboon like the one I witnessed.
Sometimes we just need to sit down &
shut the h*#l up allow other people to have the spotlight.
Whether we are shy in nature or happy to be the center of attention, this I know for sure. We all want to be heard & valued. We all have experiences & stories to share.
So my point is this. Regardless of how funny you think you are or how much knowledge you think you have to share, some times you just need to zip it & let someone else shine.
Stop talking & just listen. You may learn a thing or two. Unless of course you already think you know it all!
So go ahead, have your say. I’m listening. No really, I am!