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November 16, 2005


ITP Snob

I feel as though I have a tendency to interject a point into a conversation when I'm excited about (a) the subject being discussed, (b) the point I'm attempting to make or (c) both. I agree that as a general rule everyone needs to listen more and speak less. After all, we have 2 ears and one mouth and we should use them in that proportion.

Ed Brenegar

Brad, I appreciate your transperancy here. Takes courage. Alot of us have been there. In a group setting, especially when the tendency is for one person to do all the talking, what I've learned is to ask a lot of questions. It shifts the focal point from one person to the conversation space between people. The trick is capturing the content of the interaction, and then reaching agreement on what is to be done. This is how regular old meetings can be team building sessions. Thanks for highlighting an important aspect of leadership.

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