Etiquette: Less Is More | Alyssa J Freitas: Etiquette: Less Is More

September 5, 2014

Etiquette: Less Is More

I struggle with the concept of less is more when it comes to my words. I love to talk. I love to share stories. I love to ask a million questions of a person I have just met. Although I'm really good at keeping things simple when it comes to physical possessions, I am not so good in regards to speaking. It is something that I must really work on and is certainly at the top of my "needs improvement" list.

This concept of saying less is essential because it forces you to say only what is necessary and gives your words more power. If one constantly talks and shares her opinion, then less weight is given to her words. By keeping your thoughts to yourself except when asked or when it is absolutely needed, you create a desire in others to listen up when you do speak.

Besides this, it can be tiresome for others to have to listen to a steady stream of what you have to say. Having a chatty friend can be fun at times, but really people prefer to talk about themselves so make an effort to ask questions of other and encourage them to speak. With this idea bare in mind that the goal is not to be prying, but rather to learn more about others in an appropriate way. Asking questions to satisfy curiosity or to get gossip is not only nosy, but also in bad taste. 

Have you mastered the art of embracing less is more? 

-AJF 

4 comments:

  1. I definitely believe that less is more and put this into practice daily. Love this post!
    ~Sophia
    Plaid Is My Favourite Colour

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  2. Interesting_-I think I need practice on this one. I'm an introvert but I like to talk one on one with people.

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    1. It's a good thing to practice for any type of person, wether they be introverted or extroverted!

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