Nothing To Add? Stop Talking.

stoptalkingLet’s file this under completely random unsolicited conference call advice…

If your colleague just finished a thorough explanation, and out of courtesy turns to you and asks “Do you have anything else to add?”, and you respond “No”, what should you do?

The obvious answer is to stop talking.

What I find myself guilty of, and what occurs on almost every conference call ever, is that a “No” response is typically followed by repeating everything already said, and wasting everyone’s time to hear oneself speak.

If, and only if, you have something so INCREDIBLY valuable to add that it will completely change the course of discussion for the better, should you say “Yes” and then share your opinion.

As we approach the end of 2014, I realize I’m becoming I am a communication snob.  It’s a challenge to myself as a person and as a marketer: In how few words can I convey the most meaning? Less is more.

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