We start believing everybody wants to hear us speak. They actually enjoy hearing us. Who wouldn’t? We’re so…practiced. So accomplished with the spoken word.
But the illusion doesn’t stop there. Not only do people want to hear our voice, but they actually want to hear what we have to say!…as if our pleasant voice makes our words important!
Luckily, rejected auditions, non-replies from clients, and frowns from voice coaches keep most of us on the straight-and-narrow.
I also have the added experience of having read news for 30 years, which has trained me in brevity and a concise delivery.
Attention spans today do not brook much patience with long drawn-out personal stories. Even story tellers need to be frugal with their words too. Most people just want us to get to the point. Get the point?
OK, rant over.