Are you watching the Emmy awards? I love the "Man on the Street" bit in which Seth Meyers is standing right there and they ask unknowing, random folks on the street who is hosting the Emmys, and folks can't figure out the answer. I laugh out loud at scenarios such as that because I see the highest level of humor in everyday people with everyday reactions.
The Emmys stand out to me in one other way, as well. As an award recipient comes up to accept their statuette, people laud and cheer for them. But after their 45 seconds, music starts playing to remind folks to cease and desist their talking. The music increases in volume if they keep going too much longer.
I was thinking: what would happen if this was the way of the world in everyday life?
Imagine a group of advertising execs sitting around a table pitching a new advertising idea and one person is monopolizing the conversation. All of a sudden, from out of nowhere comes the sound of lilting music....and the person took the cue and winded down their diatribe.
Maybe you even can imagine the same happening when politicians get up to speak.
The problem, of course, is that in real life, when people drone on, the only sounds you might hear are the sighs of the rest of the folks around them as well as perhaps the eyes rolling around them. In fact, there is a high degree of need for each of us to self-monitor our own talk. Are we talking too much in groups or do we sit back and let others do the talking? In the best case scenario, full participation coupled with self-monitoring is optimal.
Why not, just for today, imagine we have our own internal Emmy music that can begin playing in our heads before we drone on too long? It might make what we do say more effective and keep others listening with both ears.
Happy Communicating and I hope you noticed I wrapped this blog up before my music cue could begin....