August 20, 2002
Theres no doubt about it, some people love to talk. As a matter of fact, some people can talk and talk and then talk some more. They can literally talk your ears off or so it seems. Im sure you have met some of these talk-a-holics. Maybe you are one of these "talkers" yourself and that is perfectly OK. Oh sure, there are some shy types that have a hard time talking to strangers, but virtually every person will open up and talk to their close friends and family. And when people start talking, what do suppose is their favorite topic? You guessed it - themselves!
A good communicator learns early on the importance of letting others talk and also learns how to effectively listen as well. Without question, talking is our primary way of expressing ourselves and exchanging information with others. We need to talk and communicate with those around us in order to lead a productive life. Our relationships depend on our ability to effectively communicate what we think and how we feel. If you truly want to enjoy the best life has to offer, I will give you some "sound" advice to follow. It is time for you to break the sound barrier.
You must learn how to open up and project your feelings, your emotions, your thoughts and your personality. You should look to break down walls that prevent or impede productive interaction and communication with others. You should look for chances to build people up, not tear people down. When you have something to say to others, make sure the "something" that comes out of your mouth is positive and constructive, never negative or destructive.
All solid relationships, regardless of whether they are a business relationship, a personal relationship or any other type of relationship, begin with a sound foundation. The sound barriers we experience with others, which may have been artificially constructed over time, can be eliminated when we decide to talk things out and talk things over. As you systematically break one sound barrier after another, you will find your interpersonal skills and relationships with others improving dramatically as a result. As an added bonus, you will find that breaking the sound barrier will provide you some nice sound "effects" as well.
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