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Active retirement, old people and seniors free time, group of four elderly men having fun and playing cards game at park. Waist up

It is important to talk, but even more important to know how much you need to talk, writes Sumeet Naik. 

There can’t be an exercise as fruitful as talking to one another. Nowadays, we notice people sitting with each other in a restaurant but each one glued to their mobile handsets. There is hardly any interaction with each other. A precious moment wasted.

But as I’m stressing upon the importance of interaction, it is of primary importance to be aware of how much we really need to talk. How many of us end up talking and how much is not at all relevant to the ongoing conversation. Often, we feel that the listener is enjoying what we are saying but in most cases they seldom enjoy the unwanted blabber.

We all must have experienced this at some point of time in our lives that there was one particular teacher’s or professor’s class that we found extremely boring. We waited for his or her lecture to get over even before it actually began. It was not always the subject or the topic that was been taught which was to be blamed, but the amount of irrelevant talk the professor seemed to be bombarding us with.

I know these two of the besties teaching in the same college. They meet practically every day and share most of their work time together. But once they are home they still call up each other and talk. Gosh! You need real stamina for that.

Some have a habit of putting in examples during a conversation. So involved does the person get with his past, that he completely hijacks the ongoing talk and takes it to an altogether different level. At times, we reveal out that information which has no real value or importance to the person listening to us. Even when we get into an argument with someone, in a rage we end up saying so much that we often end up repenting later.

In the past there were only landline phones and every second or minute you spoke was charged. Even the coin phones put an uncalled blanket on one’s talking with the fear of running out of coins during a conversation. Hence, the talk was to the point. Now it’s not the same anymore. You come across people talking for hours and hours on mobile phones. Sometimes I wonder when these two individuals will come face to face, will there be something still left to talk about.

So friends, do keep a tab on your TALK-TIME or else one day you may be left with plenty of TIME but nothing more to TALK.

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