Why You Should Talk Less at Work

May 24, 2018

Career Advice

Some people are shy. And others are over confident. Somewhere, there’s a happy medium and it tends to breed success in the workplace. Why? Because talking less means you’re listening more. It also means you might be giving more thought to the things you say before they come out of your mouth. Here are some tricks to help you improve your restraint and come off as a smarter, more enlightened employee.

  1. Get comfortable with silence.
    In a meeting or conversation, you don’t need to respond immediately. Be okay with an awkward pause to think things through before speaking your mind.
  2. Don’t always be the first to speak up.
    Give others the chance to respond first–their answer might help you refine your response into a better one.
  3. Don’t make rash decisions.
    It’s okay to say, “Let me think about that for a few minutes and get back to you,” or even, “Let me think about that and get back to you by the end of the week.”
  4. You don’t need to get in the final word.
    If the subject is wrapped up, let it be. There’s no need to chime in on everything, especially if a decision has been made and the subject is over and done with. A simple nod of approval or “Sounds great” can be enough.
  5. Have a plan.
    Before a meeting, know what points you want to drive home and stick to them. When you’re focused, people are more likely to listen.

Image via Kate Dreyer/Flickr.

About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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