Happy New Year.
At the beginning of a New Year it is prudent for all of us to look back and reflect on the activities, the events, and the memories of the last twelve months. Many people make "resolutions" for the coming 12 months.
May I respectfully suggest that for most of us, the title of this article could be a jumping off point to at least one change in the coming year as it relates to communicating more confidently and comfortably. Listen more and speak less. The benefits are that we learn, we become more focused, more patient, more interested in others and in turn others become more interested in us. There is nothing more attractive that someone who really pays attention when we speak - nothing more attractive than really feeling heard and understood.
Be aware of how much you speak and how much you listen in the course of your daily conversation. I wish you an aware, interesting and healthy 2012.