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Thinking on your feet

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Question: How can I think on my feet when talking to the boss, without looking rather inept?  -- Anonymous


For years, I thought that as soon as someone finished speaking I had to start my reply. Not so. It's actually very restful, and respectful, to allow a few seconds to go by before you open your mouth. It's amazing how long those few seconds seem and you will probably have to practice a few times, but don't rush to speak. This gives the impression that you are considering their words and giving them weight; and, in fact, you ARE giving yourself extra time to decide on your response. This is also hugely helpful in refraining from sarcasm, spiteful remarks, imprudent gossip, and generally putting your foot in your mouth. You may even come to be considered and wise and thoughtful person!

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