Many years ago as I began to practice meditation (note: it is many years later and I am still learning) and in that practice I discovered the value of silence.
Sitting quietly and silencing the mind, speaking less and listening more gave me a calm and a clarity both empowering and humbling.
As a sales person I found listening to my clients more powerful than just talking at them. Gaining insights otherwise missed.
As a leader, using my silence to listen to the facts and information my team share with me, and then listen closer to the judgements and assumptions in their words and then reflect on the values and beliefs brought into focus.
And as coach the skill of holding your silence is just as important and just as powerful. Creating a space for the client to process, reflect and respond.
So tomorrow as Buddhists around the world celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha, sit quietly for a few minutes and see where it takes you.