Sounds clueless, but isn’t (always)

Shaver linked to this article a few days ago. It’s a good article, and I hope lots of people will read it.

You see, I’m one of the slow-talker types. I like to sit in the corner quietly absorbing the conversations around me, thinking about things for a while before I respond. This is why I prefer email and other asynchronous communication media for in-depth discussion.

If I’m in a “real-time” conversation where other people are talking/thinking faster than I am, I usually find it a) very difficult to get a word in edgewise, and b) difficult to express myself as eloquently as I would like.

When I write email, particularly important email that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about, I usually edit relentlessly (occasionally writing multiple drafts) in order to make my point as clearly and succinctly as possible. In real-time, high-pressure, heavy-thought-requiring conversation, I don’t have that luxury, so I often just end up sounding like the “slow dolt” mentioned in the article. And, honestly, that’s just no fun at all.

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4 thoughts on “Sounds clueless, but isn’t (always)

  1. Sounds familiar. I tend to sit in meetings and never say a word, then let folks know later what I think. Easier than trying to make my case on the spot.

  2. Sounds familiar. I tend to sit in meetings and never say a word, then let folks know later what I think. Easier than trying to make my case on the spot.

  3. I think there are many of us in the same boat, par for the course w/ software. Certainly think blogs is another good way to go.

    I was just about to post about this too…

  4. I think there are many of us in the same boat, par for the course w/ software. Certainly think blogs is another good way to go. I was just about to post about this too…

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