When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control. Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinxlike. Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.
Contents of 4th Law of Power
- Video Summary
2. Most Important Learnings
Most Important Learnings
- Saying less than necessary saves time, hence money. Keep e-mails short and simple
- After you close, keep your mouth shut. The first one to talk buys
- Keep answers short to showcase your authority & superiority
- Use Active Listening instead of bombarding people with your voice
- If you conceal too much and talk too little, people will become suspicious and start to despise you
- Don’t draw unnecessary attention to mistakes; it often makes sense to remain silent and let the storm to subside
- Better say nothing than to promise something that you can’t/won’t deliver
- Let your body, not your mouth, do the talking
- The more you say, the more susceptible to attacks you become
Always say less than necessary :)
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