Most people love small talk. They love to talk about picture frames, and they love to talk about the weather, but they don’t love having conversations that matter. (If these things really matter to a person, then of course, I want to talk about them, but typically these topics are a search to talk about something, anything, really.) In fact, most people steer clear from meaningful conversations, but for change to happen, these have to take place. The mentality of “if we don’t look at the problem, then it’s not there” doesn’t create change; it just doesn’t. Look, I know it’s uncomfortable, but for things to change we have to talk about things that matter.
It’s been said that you should listen twice as much as you talk, because you have two ears and one mouth.
It’s been said that you can’t learn while you’re talking. [This is demonstrably untrue – talking often becomes a means by which we hear ourselves and gain insights – but we can’t learn from others while we are talking.]
There’s leadership potential in both silence and with words. Leadership requires communication; communication does not require words.Leadership requires communication; communication does not require words. Click To Tweet
Life is about the relationships we build, the bonds we form between family, friends, and loved ones. Without these relationships, we’d be alone, isolated, and very likely depressed. We cannot function without interaction and shared experiences.
However, not every relationship that we create will go smoothly. In fact, almost all relationships will have their bumpy parts, where one side may feel unappreciated, neglected, or hurt. We are not perfect people, and neither are our relationships.