Sometimes the stupidest things come out of my mouth. Clearly, there are times when it would’ve been better for me to keep my mouth shut. But, being an introvert, I usually have the opposite problem. I tend to over-analyze everything I plan to say, which means I say very little at times (because if you turn your words over in your brain before you say them, the conversation has usually moved on before you put in your remark). And I do have a reputation of being reasonably intelligent, though I have no idea if that’s related to how much I say. I do know, though, that I feel like I’m tearing down my facade of reasonably intelligence every time I blurt out something stupid. That’s why I like writing. You can think every sentence over as much as you like before showing anyone. Of course, enough people have gotten in trouble for the things they’ve written. But in general, you have far more time to think about what you’re going to say, how it can be taken wrong, and how to be clear about your message. It’s just more comfortable for me that way. 🙂
What about you – is silence golden, or can you look reasonably intelligent even when you’re shooting your mouth off?