W.A.I.T.: Why Am I Talking?

“In the comments of my newsletter on interviewing and wanting to be a better listener, a reader told me about an acronym people in the coaching world use frequently: WAIT, which stands for “Why Am I Talking?”

There’s something about this acronym that is more helpful and hits much harder than my usual “Shut up and listen” mantra.

-Austin Kleon, “Why Am I Talking?austinkleon.com. March 17, 2022

The Church of Interruption

“‘There are two conversational dogmas. They’re self-consistent, you can subscribe to either one, and if you do, you will be able to happily converse with anyone else in your church. They are the Church of Interruption –’

‘That’s mine, isn’t it? It doesn’t sound complimentary.'”

-Sam Bleckley, “The Church of Interruption.” SamBleckley.com. November 22, 2011.

Yeah, my church too.