Being able to talk (a lot) has more advantages than you might know. I am a talkative person. I take it as a compliment when people say so.
I love conducting sessions. These sessions do not require as much preparation as technical sessions, since they are mostly interactive. Being a talkative person, I find it easy engaging in conversations or making the participants feel comfortable and pushing them to volunteer for the activities planned.
Normally I conduct sessions for 2 to 3 hours, and sometimes workshop based sessions stretch beyond that. I was telling a friend proudly that I can manage 3 hours sessions when he joked, (I think)
‘Knowing you, I am sure that you can talk even for 4 hours, but I pity the participants who would have to tolerate your lecture for 3 hours’. 🙂
And now 😉
Last week, after one of my sessions, about 2 to 3 associates came up and thanked me for the session. One of them asked me how I was able to speak for 2 to 3 hours, continuously without any break. I said I was used to conducting sessions on a regular basis, and hence I was used to it. I thanked them with a smile and left the venue. But I couldn’t get those words from my mind.
Someone finally appreciated me for being able to talk for long and spoke about my energy levels. It’s heartening to find people noticing these subtle aspects, and taking time to appreciate. 🙂