No one ever gets talker’s block. No one wakes up in the morning, discovers he has nothing to say, and sits quietly, for days or weeks, until the muse hits, until the moment is right, until all the craziness in his life has died down.

Seth Godin
The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? (New York City: Portfolio, 2012), 166

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9 thoughts on “On Talker’s Block

  1. Michael, maybe nobody does that, but you know, it wouldn’t be such a bad idea. I don’t know anyone who couldn’t benefit from the occasional discovery that one has nothing to say … followed by actually NOT saying anything!

    • I agree! Ha, ha. Or like our grandmas used to say, “If you can’t say anything nice, say nothing at all.” I’ve learned to bite my tongue often.

  2. This project/ book by Seth godin is timely.  I love his use of Kickstarter to launch the project:  Everyone is an artist who needs to risk in order to get their work out there.  This is a manifesto that charges all of us with the responsibility of executing audacious action that produces real value for the benefit of others.  Great quote Micheal.

  3. Sometimes, for long periods of time, if I either haven’t anything to say, or want to make sure I don’t misspeak myself, I make sure to not miss a great opportunity to remain silent. For the time being.

  4. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to go for a day without saying a word — a sort of meditation day…a day of rejuvenating one’s soul.  Would the words that emerge after this time of conscious silence be more powerful and effective than they normally would be?

  5. So totally true. We all have something constructive to say and we need to start saying it while learning how to say it better. I don’t think that fitting in is a viable option any more.

  6. very few comments on talkers block… so maybe it is a problem after all huh? I feel like “Internal processors” or “verbal processors” who are tied up in knots due to some kind of trauma could definitely suffer from this…

    Learning to process is the same thing whether it is written or verbal?

  7. I totally disagree. TOTALLY. I know this comment was said in humour, but try living in the vacuum of depression.  Good grief, man! It’s amazing what your brain chemicals can tell you, and one of those things is “shut up, you have nothing to say and no one wants to hear you anyway.”.  

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