Posted on: September 10th, 2010 by Jen Mueller

Today’s success story is a chance to learn from someone else’s mistake.

I was catching up on shows on my DVR last night and spent a couple hours watching Master Chef.  I watched for about an hour then found myself squirming uncomfortably listening to one of the contestants talk.  He just kept going and going.  He talked about himself. He talked about his success.  He talked about his goals.  He talked about how much winning the competition would mean.  He did not know when to stop talking and it was uncomfortable.  You could tell that everyone else around him felt the same way.  I personally started yelling at the screen “Shut up!  You’re not doing yourself any favors!”  At one point, I actually left my seat on the couch and walked into the kitchen because I couldn’t take it anymore.

It almost goes without saying, but you do not want to be that person – the one who doesn’t know when to stop talking.  Remember good communication doesn’t require a lot of talking.  We sometimes forget that listening is an important element of communicating.  Taking the time to listen shows interest and builds rapport.  The relationship that develops leads to greater opportunities.

Back to Master Chef, at the end of the show only the final 4 contestants remained, and each were asked how exciting it was to be in that position.  One of the gals said, “It’s like being in the bottom of the 9th. It’s that exciting.”  What a great description.  She summed it up in a concise statement.  I understand what it must feel like, and she used a sports reference. 

And that is the perfect way to tie a bow on this week’s success story.