The advantage of speaking softly

Courtesy of my friend Yaron Koler — a professional software engineer and cancer survivor

Soft skills in software development

I started thinking about the constraints on technology for automating protocol compliance detection and response in connected wearable devices.

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The advantage of speaking softly

As many of you may know, I am a serious amateur musician. I play saxophones and clarinet in the 17 piece JP Big Band.

The downside of being loud

On the other hand, if you play loud, you do not hear the other musicians. Playing loud creates stress on your body and brain. The stress wears you out and causes more stress because you are never sure you will hit that note or make that phrase. The physical and mental stress caused by playing loud influences everyone around you, not just your own mind and body.

Let’s apply the idea of playing softly to collaborating with other people.

When you speak softly, people listen better. You can deliver your message more effectively when people listen to you without feeling threatened. If you speak softly with clear messages, you can hear the other people in your group. A group that speaks softly sounds better. It sounds ‘tight’. A group that speaks softly can achieve a wider dynamic range of response because the group is not challenged by listening issues.

The downside of being loud at work

On the other hand, if you talk loud, you do not hear other people. You only hear yourself. Talking loud creates stress on your body and brain. The stress wears you out and causes more stress because you are never sure you explained yourself properly The physical and mental stress caused by speaking loud influences everyone around you, not just your own mind and body.

Cascade effects of speaking softly at work

Speaking softly goes beyond stress reduction and improved communications. It enables you to build a much stronger core for the entire business / operation. Speaking softly has additional benefits:

I am a physicist by training, serious amateur musician and everyday biker. Working in cybersecurity and AI-driven monitoring of clinical trials.

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