I was laughing the other day as I listened to Ken Bole's Baby Sally podcast. I was chuckling because what he said rang true for me too. We need to shut up more.
Here's the scenario. You are at a function, and you find yourself speaking with a few people. You are excitedly sharing an entertaining tale when something happens.
As you are about to share the ending of your story, another person approaches and joins your group. The other people turn away from you and welcome him. Suddenly, they are talking with the new guy. Your story has become a cliff-hanger, but nobody cares.
I laughed at Ken's telling of his story because it has happened to me too. Has this happened to you?
Have a listen below, but be warned of strong language. ;)
Back at the Party...
Miffed, you rush to ruminate on how you can share the conclusion of your riveting story with your disconnected audience. It's usually too late.
The moral of the story is to ferme la bouche. Instead, be the one who asks for their stories. Become a better listener. The quieter you become the more you hear.
Check out the full episode and more of Baby Sally Talks in iTunes.