Manager: Sales are down – way down. Skippy, we’ve got to come up with some exciting new marketing strategy. How about hiring a homeless guy to hold a sign? It’ll be perfect!
You (Skippy): Great idea, Mr. Manager. I’ll head down to the shelter.
Manager: Hazaa! [HERE COMES THE PHRASE I HATE] So like I said, we’ll hire a homeless guy to hold the sign. It’ll be perfect!
You (Skippy): Right, that’s what we just… anyhow, great.
Here’s the issue gentlemen: you talk too much. It’s clear when guys use phrases like, “So like I said…” to not only say something, but also introduce the fact that they’re going to say it again. Unnecessary. Any man worth his weight in bow-ties needs to have the confidence to know that when they speak, they’re heard. And they need to have the courage to know that if they don’t have anything to say, the world won’t stop, and they’ll still be significant. Speaking more doesn’t equate to being more – it equates to lack of temperance.
Be quiet. Here’s why:
1- It gives you time to listen. The coolest men ever are the ones that lean back, make eye contact, and listen to what you’re saying. They don’t do that thing where they kind of pre-breathe/start a word as a verbal cue, indicating that it’s time for them to talk. They just listen, and they communicate your value to you by not stepping over what you’re saying. Additionally, they are smarter because they up the ratio of importing information to exporting yada yada yada.
2- You’ll have a voice when you do speak. As a man, when you say something, you want to be heard. It makes you feel valued, and that, in turn, helps out with ye olde pride. When you talk all the time, people tend to average out the time they listen to you and catch every ninth monologue. You don’t want this. You want it all to count. Be disciplined.
3- It’s cool. Don Draper, Clint Eastwood, 007.
So like I said, be quiet. I promise you, it’ll work out in your favor.