Wednesday, November 19, 2008

if i only knew...

But sometimes I don't. I need to be ok with that. I need to remain humble and cognizant of the people in the room with me. Sometimes I need to shut my mouth and LISTEN.

Listening is one of the greatest skills planners can have. I think I struggle with this fact because I want to make my voice heard (?). I think that's what people expect of me. Did they hire me to be quiet? But when I say something hurriedly, it always comes out wrong. I seem hasty and immature and unpolished. Gross.

This is totally free-thought writing. MIND MAP!!!!! One of the best things you can do to CONNECT IDEAS and TELL A STORY. See, I know what I'm doing, or at least what I need to be doing, I'm just not doing it.

Just do it. Nike had it right. Long live INSIGHT.

3 comments:

stephanieakelly said...

You nailed it on the head. Speaking for myself, I'm always trying to prove something or another - or to get to an 'a-ha! moment' before anyone else. And in the process, end up failing to articulate my point.

Yesterday I ran across this amazing TED about the art of listening. I think you might enjoy...
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/john_francis_walks_the_earth.html

erin said...

hey, thanks! I'll definitely check out the TED talk. :)

Kyle Studstill said...

Strangely enough, I've been struggling with a similar problem, although in my case I feel like I'm spending too much time thinking through something, trying to find the perfect way to articulate it. Trying to build that perfect a-ha moment when perhaps smaller, related thoughts are more appropriate.

'Just do it' is indeed appropriate here. I've started to be okay with not having the golden idea in EVERYTHING I say. True that things should connect, be relevant, and to some degree be a bit polished. Listen, AND contribute - balance in all things I suppose. Great thoughts.

@Stepanieakelly Thanks for the TED share from me too, I've been fitting TED more into my life via podcast.