We're speakers. We're expected to talk. We like to talk. Other people usually like it when we talk!
But as we celebrate New Year's around the globe (and I know some of you already are!), take time to be quiet. You don't have to be alone, just keep your mouth shut, and listen to the world around you. What are your friends and family saying? What is the world saying?
When you do take time by yourself, what are YOU saying? What are the most pressing thoughts, what are their tone and emotion?
As you head out into the next year, take time regularly to check in with the communication going on around you and within you. It may change what you say, and how you say it. And the people you spend most of the time talking to may benefit even more than you.
Enjoy a safe and happy New Year!