Mike Birbiglia is one of my favorite comedians. His effortless mix of storytelling and comedy is something I haven’t seen anyone else be able to pull off.
Throughout his jokes he has a recurring theme where he finds himself in a high-stakes conversation. He builds up the audience with the statement “What I should have said…. was nothing.” It’s an incredibly simple concept to grasp, but incredibly difficult to practice.
This is something I’ve been trying to get better at. I’m chock-full of opinions and thoughts that I share freely and unsolicited at times. Instead, I’m trying to listen more, talk less, and understand before sharing what’s on my mind.
I think this will make me a better manager and will help me better focus on the people around me.