Many people who complain they are too busy waste SO much time talking about themselves, and saying things twice, or in too much detail. Be a great listener. You learn more, they'll like you more, and you'll save an hour a week = another week per year. Six things to NOT talk about, including fretting about things you can't control.
- For some people who complain that they're too busy,…the cause is clear when you spend…any amount of time with them.…They talk too much.…If they just got on and acted on their problems…instead of talking about them,…they would make so much more progress.…So here are six things to not talk about…that will save you some more time.…First is detail.…If I ask you how you are,…I don't want a detailed account of every ailment…or every day of your holiday.…A quick overview would be fine.…
It's not that I don't care.…Well, it might be.…But even if I do care, the extra detail doesn't help.…I just want to find out how you are…or whether your holiday was good.…So when you say, "Then on Wednesday,…"or was it Thursday?…"No, I think it was Wednesday.…"We met this guy, Dave, I think he was called.…"Oh no, Peter, that's it."…I don't need to know this level of detail.…Second is circles.…There's no point in telling me something twice.…And yet, some conversations seem to go round in circles.…
"I must, but I can't.…"But I must, but I can't."…
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