Speaking Tips: It’s okay to listen

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Without a doubt, the toughest speaking skill I’ve seen anyone master is the art of shutting up.This manifests itself in our need to say “um” or “ah” during what should be a pause in our speaking. We know from that long experience if we give our opponents (audience) an opening, they’ll take the conversation from us and we’ll be stuck listening to someone else’s solution to world peace. Then they’ll get credit, fame, and the Nobel prize.