This week (precisely yesterday), I came across a beautiful article on the importance of the awkward silence or formally known as ‘The rule of awkward silence.’
So we are all aware of this rule, simply put; When faced with a challenging question, instead of answering, you pause and think deeply about how you want to answer. This is no short pause; instead, it involves taking several seconds to think things before responding.
At Apple, Cook has engaged in the practice for years. Cook was “known for long, uncomfortable pauses when all you hear is the sound of his tearing the wrapper of the energy bars he constantly eats.”
At Amazon, Bezos also utilizes the rule of awkward silence, although in a more systematic way. It involves taking time at the beginning of meetings, reportedly up to 30 minutes, to read printed memos in silence. The idea is that meeting participant has time to peruse the memo, to think, and even to scribble notes of initial thoughts and ideas–all without interruption.
We live in a world of instantaneous communication that doesn’t leave time for thinking. Notifications on our cellphones keep on beeping, and they try to steal our logical and critical thinking from us. Don’t forget notifications are the new advertising “Billboards” which are hampering our lifestyle.
I started using this method consciously, and it’s making my decision making and work-life very smooth and peaceful, in fact. I hope it does help you too.
Have a fantastic week ahead!
Love you all,