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Know when to shut up

I guess that most of us like to speak to others when we meet them. Actually, quite a few just don’t seem to know when to stop speaking. But my friend, there is a time when we all need to heed the advice given in today’s title and thus know when to shut up. Yes indeed, there’s a time to speak and a time to stay quiet and just listen.

For example, when someone has a serious problem and needs to get it out in the open. On occasions like this, we need to shut up and just listen. When someone has a problem, the best thing that they can do is to vocalize their feelings to a sympathetic listener who is prepared to just listen as they get their problem out in the open. Yes indeed, what a person with a problem needs to do is simply express themself without any interruptions whatsoever. Usually when they have done this, they feel a whole lot better. Yes they do! So this is an excellent example of knowing when to shut up.

Of course there are many other situations when it’s important for a person with good judgment to stay quiet rather than put forward an opinion. The obvious one which comes to mind is in a work-related situation when you really would like to express your opinion, however, as you’ve only been working for this organization for a short period of time, it may be much more appropriate for you to stay quiet, to keep your opinions to yourself until perhaps you’re asked to voice your opinion. However, until that happens, it’s important for you to know when to shut up.

Yes indeed, there’s a time and a place for everything. There’s a time to talk and a time to stay quiet. I guess in the end it’s all about judgment, which is so vital when it comes to being successful in life, across the board. So please be much more sensitive in this vital area of knowing when to speak and when to keep your mouth closed.

 

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