The acronym W.A.I.T. is one of the best ways to remind us how to behave in a conversation with another person.
By waiting does not mean we are less experienced or knowledgeable in a conversation.
I met thousands of businesspeople (however I am not referring only to business conversations here) who were talking most of the time during our conversation. I believe there is a fear that if you just met somebody, you want to talk a lot, so you believe you make a good impression. However, it does not work like that…but the opposite.
I read somewhere about the W.A.I.T. acronym and I find it so accurate and easy to remember in conversations. We shall ask ourselves next time: Why am I talking? So, when we meet somebody, just wait, listen, ask, be genuine and try not to talk for the sake of talking or because we like the sound of our own voice in our years…
By waiting and allowing the other person to talk and actively listening (which means asking questions and being involve in the conversation) is the best way, to have a conversation with somebody and be memorable as well.
Remember: “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou. So, wait and let others do the talking. You may discover loads of interesting facts about people around you if you do that.
I used to think that silence is heavy. Well, as someone once said: “Let the silence do the heavy lifting” …
But W.A.I.T. “Why Am I Talking?”