I’ve spent many years teaching folks how to make small talk, but now I am teaching the masses how to BE QUIET.
For many, the sound of one’s own voice is simply addictive. Do you find yourself getting off the elevator at the wrong floor because you cannot stop talking ? Have you been on the receiving end of nasty stares while (supposedly) watching a movie? Is going to a library an activity you avoid because the thought of staying quiet gives you hives? Then this is for you. Overcome your fear of peace and quiet and try these simple steps:
- Take a full breath of air into your lungs
- Talk without food in your mouth
- Tell a story that actually has a beginning and an end
- Give “yes” and “no” answers
- Engage in conversation without people fleeing your presence
- Try listening to what other’s have to say
- Keep private information to yourself including: your financial situation, your sister’s weight, your intimate thoughts on politics and the details of your recent stomach flu
Debra Fine is a best selling author and internationally recognized keynote speaker who has had her own struggles with keeping a lid on it.
Testimonial: “At first the muzzle hurt but she helped me get used to it!” – Guest at a recent Shutting Up Workshop
Testimonial: “It worked for me.” – Marcel Marceau, famous mime
PS – Happy April Fool’s Day – Keep Talking