KNOW WHEN TO TALK AND WHEN TO LISTEN
Have you met someone who talks so much, he/she just wants to dominate the conversation without giving others an opportunity to say something? Finding the right balance between when to talk and when to listen is crucial to being able to maintain your friends and continue developing your abilities.
If you want other people to listen to you then you need to listen to them. Think about how much you talk and then try to cut down just a little. Make sure that you are not spending more time talking than you are listening or that you are at least breaking up the amount of time that you spend talking with some time listening to other people that are in your group. Try to seek out other opinions and ideas. If you feel like you have been talking for a long time then it is time you allow your friends and listeners to also say something. Make sure that you break up your monologues by asking other people questions or finding out their opinion about the topic. Don’t just monopolize the conversation.
Sure I understand that you probably have a lot to say. After all, it’s been a long time that you have just been sitting in the corner being quiet, but if you start talking all the time and not listening, it is rude. Your friends will not like it and they will stop spending time with you.
So each time you start talking, try to keep track, control yourself and give others a chance to say something. You will learn a thing or two from them. Next time when you start to speak, keep in mind you need to listen too.