When You Can Talk for Hours…

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’.  🙂

Initially 😀

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And now 😉

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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. 🙂

31 thoughts on “When You Can Talk for Hours…

  1. Anyone can talk for hours. It is being appreciated for it that matters. I can too, but my friends will weep after a while. Kudos to you, Ashwini.

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  2. Communication skill does not come by to all easily.It requires a good knowledge of the subject,clarity and coherence in talking and above all a liking for such assignments.It is not difficult to conduct a three hour session if it is participative in nature and there are many participants.I too love conducting such sessions.

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  3. 🙂 Reminded me of the day when I had just started my career as a computer instructor and the theory classes were two hours long ..

    It is a quality I feel if you can stand in front of people and TALK and then also respond to what they are asking for .. Not many have that

    and the few months I spent help me now so much in my line of work I can go upto anyone and start a conversation ..

    Bikram's

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  4. Hi Bikram!

    Good to see that you are back 🙂

    I really love standing in front of people and engaging them in an activity, or even striking a conversation with them. The more I make them respond, the happier I am 🙂

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  5. One of my sisters is very talkative, she would keep talking, talking endlessly and especially during long car drives her talking will put me to sleep, and I would wish that she would for sometime just keep quiet.. My husband and myself when go on long drives for example to Chennai, we would hardly talk, we would each be busy in our world of thoughts, and communicate only when required. We both enjoy the silence between us.
    While conducting Reiki classes I have to talk for about 5 hours, now my students can ask me questions if they have some doubts, otherwise they have no other go but to listen, because they don't know anything about the subject to interact with me.
    But they have never felt bored, or dozed off while listening. I think it also matters on the subject, and how well you can present it. Just non stop chitchatting is the one that would bore people and put them off to sleep.
    My husband too has to sometimes conduct workshops, and his workshops too are good , and he is a man of few words. Here again, i feel it all depends on your subject, and how you need to present it. So it sometimes doesn't need much talking too.

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  6. Talking for hours especially while conducting sessions is a great skill to have. I love talking to and I was excellent at presentations in another era. 🙂

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  7. Subject matters and of course the situation matters a lot. We would need to maintain a balance between leaving concepts abruptly and over explaining them (unnecessary).

    In my previous role at work, about 4 of us used to travel by AC buses from one point to another. As usual I'd be talking about something or the other. One day I was reading a book (the last part) and was so engrossed in reading that I did not utter a word. Just before we were to alight, my friend told me it was very odd to be sitting beside me and not talk to me or listen to me. I still cherish those words 🙂

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  8. Oh thank you so much Uma 🙂 I totally forgot to mention about my TEDx talk here.

    Haha, it's so easy to be talkative. I find it extremely difficult (at times) to keep quiet 😉

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  9. Hello. Wait. These are just associates at work. You convince people. Common masses and of course the Judges and other laywers. That's way too tougher!

    I really havent spoken in public, lets just say I still havent got the opportunity too 🙂

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  10. Lucky are the ones who ca talk for long and keep people interested in it. Needless to say Who is lucky here!

    I would say , Talking is an art, not everyone can continously go one talking so long. and you beong appreciated for the same, *claps claps*

    I remeber my teachers always complained to my parents that this girl can never shut her mouth. She is a story teller 😉

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  11. Thank you so much for the comment. It makes me feel special 🙂

    And I never paid attention to all those who said 'Oh my, she can't keep quiet!'. Now we know who has the last laugh 😉

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  12. I remember as nearly 1 year back i watched your TEDex video presentation on blogging. It is a nice presentation. At present it is glad to know that you are g great speaker and sharing your communication skills continuously. You are doing great job and you are sharing your knowledge with many people. It is a God's gift to you and please continue this passion. I am sure many people were getting benefit from presentations. All the best to you.

    Recently i am presented my Third Seminar on Indian Heritage and Culture to young children. In this seminar i am sharing my paintings and other collections relating to Indian Heritage and explaining children about various aspects of our Heritage and Culture through my collections. Children are eagerly participated in my seminar and they clarified their doubts about our glorious heritage.

    http://indian-heritage-and-culture.blogspot.in/2014/12/my-third-seminar-on-indian-heritage-and.html

    Please look into my Third Seminar on Indian Heritage post and share your valuable and inspirational comment for the same.

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