When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.Dalai Lama
I have been told that silent people always have the loudest minds, while the loudest one is always the weakest in the room.
Let’s take for an example a widely-known product that runs no ads, but is still popular. Its reputation already preceded itself, thus the need for no ads. However, it’s always the products that need a bit of a push that have to be advertised repeatedly for them to be recognized. Or more so, patronized.
The same analogy goes for people. Unremarkable people need to be loud for it’s the only way they’ll get remarked.
Being the loudest in the room doesn’t also make you a leader. More so, THE leader.
Most teamworks fail or get derailed by obnoxious loudmouths. And it has been a pet peeve of mine — not being able to stand when the loudest person takes over the room.
But what can we do? What can you do?
If you are the quiet or even the quietest person in the room, speak up.
Speak up most especially when things are getting railroaded by the loudest person. What usually happens is that quiet people lose their voices and just tend to comply with what the loudest person wants. And it shouldn’t be that way.
When the loudest person interrupts other people, step in and let the group know that you want to hear what other people have to say.
If the conversation starts going off its course, speak up and remind everyone of the original topic/purpose/mission of the meeting.
And when you do these things, speak clearly and directly. No apologies and excuses needed, go and speak politely and firmly.
How about you? What is your role in this post? Are you the loudmouth or the quiet one?