Really great coaches have mastered the art of listening. Have you ever wonder how they learned how to listen so well? Here’s one technique that was helpful for me.
When I was tempted to talk, I simply said to myself: W.A.I.T.
W.A.I.T. stands for Why Am I Talking? It’s the perfect question to ask yourself.
Whenever you are tempted to fill in the silence, just say to yourself: W.A.I.T. and ask yourself: Why am I talking?
Most of the time, the answer to this question, is that you are uncomfortable with silence – which is not a good reason for speaking.
Whether you are coaching, leading a meeting, or involved in day-to-day living, give W.A.I.T. a try.
All the best to you,