I know when to speak and when to keep quiet.

I am mastering the art of knowing when to speak and when to keep quiet. There are times when I must speak out on my behalf or that of someone else, but there are also times when it is best to be silent.

Communication skills are important in every area: my family, work, friends, and even strangers. My communication skills improve with every interaction.

To decipher whether I need to be quiet or speak, I am learning to read the other person. If the person with whom I am speaking with is angry, it is often best for me to keep a cool head so I will be free from regret.

When I am socializing with my friends, it is important for me to speak and keep my friends engaged. At the same time, I must take turns so we all can share our stories.

When others speak, I listen intently. I focus on listening and waiting my turn instead of planning what I will say next. I allow others to have a conversation with me without cutting them off.

I bite my tongue and abstain from speaking when I genuinely have nothing good to say. My goal is to lift others up; therefore, I simply refrain from commenting when I am unable to encourage. Being silent is better than being untrue.

Today, I choose to listen to what others have to say and refrain from interrupting them while they speak.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. How can I be a better listener?
2. Do I interrupt others when they speak?
3. What can I say to build others up?