How to Talk Less and Accomplish Much

Learn to Talk Less and Accomplish Much

Silence can be a guerrilla weapon. The tongue is a very powerful tool in the human body that neither requires firearms nor physical blows to execute the gift of a speech given to human beings. Wrong use will limit activities while, on the other hand, successful stories are based on doing a lot and talking less. I believe that introvert beings are the wealthiest people in the universe because they have a few valuable friends and one hundred per cent time to themselves.

Perfection is their model since they know their goals and no matter how long the road might be, due to natural instinct, they accomplish more. People use different methods of achieving a lot however they consider the talking tool by choosing to be straight to the point and accurate as highlighted below.

Plan Yourself and Be Strategic

Have a plan

Planning may seem petty since you question every move made. However, this is an essential aspect because proper strategies emerge through silence and observation. You understand things easily through schedules and avoid redundancy. You also require transparency to accomplish more.

Plans reveal underlying issues and facilitate appropriate solutions. They offer strategic ways to respond to situations which in turn improves performance. Great philosophers suggest that plans are silent communication systems that drive information in the right direction. Ideally, a strategic mind masters the art of thinking before responding.

You may feel like you need to say whatever comes to your mind but you have to take a step back and process what you want to say. Do not rush your words out before you meditate on what to say, who you are addressing, and on what conditions. For instance, when you speak first and think later, the results might be; you said too much or talked of something that you should never have said. In fact, listening and not speaking shows maturity and follows an adequate response.

Create Your Own Talking Rules

Some universal guidelines suggest that you should not interrupt someone while talking or tune your mind elsewhere. It is also considered rude to leave in the middle of a conversation. You actually accomplish less by not listening, having distractions, and finding ways to daydream to avoid talking. Boredom is inevitable during long speeches and no practical activities.

Create your own limits despite the pressure involved. For example, when the director of national security is talking to the press about a security incidence, he only answers, to relevant questions while turning a blind eye to the off-topic issues. He lays many ground rules to the press without seeming evasive.

His intends to address significant problems and avoid escalating situations that could cause public chaos. He gives concrete information so he can accomplish more by talking less. When you break the rules and talk more, you find yourself irrelevant and performing a quarter of what you could have achieved on your typical day.

Always Speak When It’s Important

Always find a productive reason to speak, where it’s not clearly understood, do not hesitate to repeat yourself or answer the questions asked. Of course, you have to consider a duration pause so that you can identify the importance of what you want to say. Accomplishing a lot, in this instance, is like sharing information when you think it is helpful to someone.

Many philosophers suggest that you think three times as much, do twice as much and talk half as much. People make the mistake of bragging to others which is utterly unnecessary. You achieve nothing by talking too much and actually; your audience belittles you. In the case of business deals, participants choose to invest elsewhere because your words do not match your actions.

Learn How to Identify Your Audience

Young people, elderly, women, children, and men are beings we encounter every moment of our lives, and you should learn how to communicate effectively. Each age group has their own mode of communication. For instance, to achieve more when speaking to young youths, prepare yourself to meet lots of repetition requests and questions, they have a funny way of seeking attention.

When talking to the elderly, you can only accomplish something by speaking slowly and being an active listener. The amount of information should be substantial and unique to their understanding. You also need to talk openly and satisfy their questions with straightforward answers. The way you speak to the elderly is different from the way you talk to children.

Use various tactics to pass on your message without too much talking. Utilize snacks and break time riddles to communicate and cheer them up. Learning how to relate to different ages is an important aspect related to effective communication and productivity.

Avoid Speaking To Fill Empty Space

Many are times we find ourselves in utter silence in the midst of the crowd. We usually start talking about something to fill the emptiness, but all we do is say irrelevant things. In such cases, someone is bound to become insensitive or insult others unintentionally. Do not introduce any topic without giving it a thought. You might embarrass yourself or run out of words before you even finish an idea. It is a mature thing to master the essence of silence before a speech.


The bottom line is that less talk creates room for more absorption. You can learn how to accomplish more by minimizing your words. The most useful aspect includes planning and strategies, these help People achieve a lot when guided by predetermined guidelines and propositions. You should also have rules of communication embedded in your system in that, your ability to observe is more than the speeches prepared.

Consider talking when spoken to and always speak when it deems fit. Some situations and places demand your silence more than your words. You should learn how to identify when to talk, who you address, and where you are. People do not take kindly to rudeness or ignorance phrased in words.

Every time you have a conversation with someone, devote an equal amount of time to listening. You talk for three to five minutes, then allow the other person an equal amount of time to express their thoughts. Avoid your strong and inevitable desire to interject your thoughts and simply listen without any interrupting. Use your watch to time yourself, if you can’t judge the time in your head.

If they stop talking, continue to ask questions about what they’ve said to keep their side going. If this proves to be unattainable, then you have another challenge. Develop your skills in asking good questions, other than the kind that will likely evoke a one-word answer (yes, no, uh huh, yeah). If you can’t think of anything, consider the possibility that you weren’t listening closely enough and work on improving that skill.

Thank you for your time, I like to know your thought and if you have any question feel free to ask in the comment box below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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16 thoughts on “How to Talk Less and Accomplish Much

  1. Sometimes when people talk too much they end up saying things which are not true, then they get themselves stuck on how to get out of the situation. I like your take on this, talk less, do more. 

    Just talking gets nothing done, while doing gets the ball rolling. Actively listening helps a person hear  what others have to say and being bring about what they need. Thanks for the great article. 

    1. Most times when people talk too much they end up saying things which are not true, you are very right. Most people think that always having something to say make them sociable, but in a social gathering the ability to listen makes you always have something reasonable and meaningful to say.

      Many are times we find ourselves in utter silence in the midst of the crowd. We usually start talking about something to fill the emptiness, but all we do is say irrelevant things.

      Nice to hear your view, thank you for your time. All the best!

  2. It is very important in life to get what we desire but it is not easy to get it.Many people like to talk and dream but we can’t get what we want by dreaming or by talking as you said in this post.To achieve our goals we need to have goals and the procedures to achieve those goals.

    Having a plan is one of the strategies and for sure talking can’t help.It starts by focus or plan and ended by good result. 

    Thank you for the post.

    1. We can learn how to accomplish more by minimizing our words, Action speaks louder than words. As human we all desire every good things which is rightfully so, but because we want it doesn’t make us have it. Having a plan and follow it is what change things, and that is what everybody cannot do.

      Everybody can talk but what is the outcome of what they are saying? Use various tactics to pass on your message without too much talking. 

      Thank you for your time, wish you the very best.

  3. I am glad to have met you!  At last someone who understands why I do what I do and why I make sure that what I’m saying is correct and not always saying something just for the sake of saying it!

    What you are referring to is a bit like playing chess.  You have to think ahead and even one more step ahead of your opponent to outsmart them.  It’s like a process, if I do this, then that, but if I don’t do this then that.  I have found that chess has always helped me form better thought processes and to think things through before making rash decisions.

    It has been proven that when teachers take the time in schools to teach youngsters chess, there are less incidents of mischievous behaviour in the students.

    You are so right!  When communicating with someone, wait until they finish and don’t interrupt if you want to totally understand what they are trying to say.  So many times people interject and it is quite annoying because it actually means they are not interested in what you have to say.  Also dominating the conversation indicates a non-listening attitude towards others.  There is a give and take in a conversation, a dialogue, not a monologue.

    It is good practice to pause deliberately when speaking, to let the words sink in, and to give space if there are any questions that may arise that point to encourage discussion.

    Thank you for sharing your valuable points with us, may we have many more quality balanced conversations!


    1. In a good conversation, listening is as important as talking, when people talk without listening to the other will never amount to a good conversation. Think things through before making rash decisions, you are very right, is important to have a balance by not over thinking which can also slow things down.

      Interrupting someone when talking is seen as rude, and it doesn’t lead to a good outcome most times.

      Thank you for your time, is nice to meet you. All the best!

  4. Thank you Abel Dennis for your article about how to communicate better without using as many words. I have found that it is essential to listen before you speak.  People are much more likely to listen to you if they feel like you have been listening to them.

    There is an old lady who lives down the street and every time I talk to her she interrupts me and starts talking before I can even get a word out.  After awhile I don’t even listen to her anymore because I know that she is not listening to me.

    I have found that when I listen to people and ask quality questions, they are more likely to listen to me when I do speak.

    1. Hello Micah,

      They say the older one tends to behave more like a child, I will say don’t take it personal. You know I wrote in my article, (Learn How to Identify Your Audience) that each age group has their own mode of communication. When talking to the elderly, you can only accomplish something by speaking slowly and being an active listener. all you can do is listen and evaluate if what she is saying make sense to you, we can learn from the older one’s experience you know.

      thank you for your time. all the best!

  5. Awesome post. I consider myself an introvert. That’s one thing I like about me. I am really annoyed when people talk too much and there is no sense in what they are saying. Then there are those persons who starts a conversation with you but then you can hardly get a word in. 

    I believe in thinking before you say anything, words are truly powerful and they leave a scar forever. Personally when someone says something that really hurts, I try very hard to be strong but thinking about it over and over makes me get emotional. Hurtful things that people said to me 10 years ago still have an impact on me everytime I think about it. 

    This post is a useful guide a reminder that actions speaks louder than words and that you achieve more when you talk less.

    Thanks for sharing .

    1. Hi Brenda,

      Nice to here point of view, words are powerful but never let what people say define you. Think about the reason you still get hurt when you remember what people said to you, find a way to channel it positively, if they say you can do anything take it as a challenge and when you do it, you will feel better and the hurtfulness will have no impact on you. 

      Listening is as important as talking, be in the moment and that way you can react to what is been said. lots of people think talking makes them sociable or have a good conversation without making no real sense.

      Thank you for your time, all the best!

  6. Hi there, great post!

    As an introvert myself, I definitely hope you are right when you said introverts are the wealthiest people in the universe! However, I cant help feeling like all the extroverts around me get further than I do, and often the most selfish of people do too. I am young so maybe it is because I am surrounded by immature people, and it will all change as I start to age more and the people around me begin to mature.

    1. I believe that introvert beings are the wealthiest people in the universe because they have a few valuable friends and one hundred per cent time to themselves. wealthy because they have time to themselves which they can use to learn valuable things. How valuable are your friends?

  7. Hello and thanks for giving me something to think about. Next time I catch myself rambling I am going to implement some of your helpful strategies and take a step back and try out this silence tactic. 🙂 A lot of times, I can be the silent type and others, its hard to be quiet. Can you recommend a way that I can open the door of conversation for someone who is more the silent type? My hubby is like this a lot in social situations. I think he is the strong silent observer at first and then tends to open up a bit later.

    Thanks, Amelita

    1. Hi Amelita,

      One of the most effective way to open up a conversation with anyone or engage somebody in a conversation is to ask them for opinion on something they may or are interested in, ask open-ended questions, avoid dominating the conversation, Steer the conversation to subjects the person likes. 

      In the case of your husband i will say ask him for feedback after the conversation, something like this, Honey thank you for listening today, yesterday or the day before during our conversation, how did i do? You will get more insight that will help you get him engage more next time. 

      Thank you for your time! Let me know how it go, and if you have any question please feel free to ask by visiting my site anytime and i will get back to you as soon as possible.

  8. Good day,

    I enjoy this article. You bring up item and skills that we sometimes forget we use or need to use when we are talking.

    I like the paragraph about “learn to identify your audience” when talking. Those are good suggestions or tips to use. Knowing the  right sentence or words to say that are appropriate for that audience is a great skill to have. I will certainly keep them in mind. It can be difficult to be a two way communicator, but keeping some of your article suggestions can certainly improve on the exchange of talking and listening. I like to ask for feedback when I talk with my coworkers in that way a spotlight is put on the issue and clarification can happen. 

    I notice that you made no mention of body language when we talk or listen? I think is just as important because it show that we are engaged in the listening and speaking part of the conversation.

    Thank you for sharing this good tips and suggestions on Talking less but with focus, direction and purpose.

    Very best,


    1. Hi Lady Esther,

      That’s right, knowing who you are talking to is very important because it give us insight on how to communicate with the language they will understand and that is what we want to do. Is certainly not easy to turn things round overnight but to be aware of the act of effective communication help us pull ourselves together when we are talking to others.

      Body language is a very important expect of communication, you are very right, but i was just pointing out how to talk less and still accomplish much by saying things that are only relevant to the topic and knowing when to listen to others.

      Thank you very much for your time. All the best!

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