A lot of us mistake silence for weakness. We are so quick to conclude that quiet people are not smart. Hey! Empty barrels make the loudest noise.
I was in a group and we were given a particular topic to deliberate on. We were to dig deep, come to a conclusion and pick a representative to defend our findings. A lady joined my group on the day the assignment was given to us. We all knew her to be extremely reserved and quiet. She always isolated herself, everyone thought she could not contribute anything meaningful to the group discussion. Well, the group leader asked us to take turns and say whatever we had in mind concerning the topic given to us. I watched this lady closely and I noticed she paid attention to everything we were saying. Finally, it was her turn to speak. We were all eager to hear what would come out of her mouth. To our surprise, she made a lot of sense, she disected everything and no one could utter a word thereafter. That was our “eureka moment“, there was no better idea than hers. Immediately, thoughts ran through my mind and I said to myself “never judge a book by it’s cover”. Eventually, she represented the group, blew our minds and earned everyone’s respect.
I have come to realize that those who pose as smart people are actually not sensible. A lot of them are “make believe”. The fact that an individual is not saying anything does not mean he/she is clueless. Learn to birdle your tongue. Give other people a chance to speak their mind, it is a way of promoting effective communication.
Do not judge people by their appearance or character. When you look down on people, you deny yourself the privilege of being looked up to. When you humble yourself, you add to your knowledge and you would definitely stand out. Be swift to listen and slow to speak!