Stop Pretending You Know What You’re Talking About

Confession: in the past I’ve been told I can be a know-it-all, (maybe not so recent past). This blog hit home for me. I need to do more listening and less talking. It’s something I’m working on.

English Lessons

Stop Pretending You Know What You're Talking About

The other night I found myself in a cluster of new friends at a concert. The second band was sound-checking so we huddled together to talk about the previous band, what we thought about them, if we liked them and why, how they fit into the trend of that genre of music these days, where music was headed in general, and how everyone was starting to sound like The Black Keys. And when I say “we” talked about this, I mean that they talked about this, I said very little, and mostly listened and smiled. Because I don’t really know how to talk intelligently about the type of music we were seeing. I don’t even know what it’s called – Indie? Americana? Words I don’t know the definitions to.

At first, I felt ashamed at my lack of contribution to the conversation. “Everyone is starting to sound like The Black…

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