Welcoming number 6 in our month of 'language challenges' - to get us all talking more about the everyday ways we can transform the diabetes conversation! Feel free to take any or all the challenges, whatever seems most relevant to you :)
Challenge Number 6. The Sound of Silence.
This Challenge is to allow a few (or a few more) seconds of silence to go by, before 'diving in' with an answer to a question, some advice, your own experience or an opinion. Ideally, accompanied by a patient look, open body language, or a nod. The latter is possible both face to face and remotely, as social media conveniently supplies us with emojis, which can often enhance our non-verbal communication, as well as words. So, maybe see if you can fit in a bit of silence in your conversations over the next few days?
Why? Using silence may seem an odd thing to be encouraging in a 'language' challenge, but it can be very powerful even, or perhaps most particularly, for a few precious seconds in a busy, chat-filled environment or time-pressured appointment.
It can enable a calmness, a way to collect thoughts or to say something else that might not otherwise get a chance. Or simply, as with feelings in Challenge 5, an acknowledgement of what's just been said.
Challenge 6 is with you now!