I guess working as a programmer really keep my mouth shut for a long long time. We programmer instruct the computer to do certain things. We communicate with the computer through languages that non-programmers don't understand. We do not speak. We do not talk. We type.
Yes, thanks to the sophisticated technologies nowadays, we don't speak or talk to communicate. We use our fingers instead. Like a deaf people, we don't even use sign language (waving our hands in weird patterns or ways) to communicate now. Just use our fingers and let them dancing on the keyboard will do the work - communicate with others. Funny at the other end, the receiver no longer needs their ears to hear. They will use their eyes to 'listen'. Whoa! So cool!
Come to think of it, I really never talk for a long time. I hardly communicate with people nowadays by using my mouth. And I find it very challenging now to explain things to people and/or to describe things on the spot using my own mouth. Furthermore, I also find my brain works a little slower in response.
By typing to communicate, we can take our own sweet time to think over and response. We can even backspace to delete and re-write the correct sentence. But in real life, face-to-face with another person, your brain must be fast enough the response accurately and correctly.
I was having lunch with a client today, with my another colleagues. Luckily my colleague is good in PR. Basically he and the client were talking throughout the whole course. I was there sitting and just listen. Well, not totally quiet, but I was just saying "Yeah. That's true", "Really?", "That's cool!" etc. And I find myself very stupid. And it was very awkward when three of us have nothing more to say and we just sat there drinking our tea and waiting for each other to start up a new topic to discuss. Gosh, that short moment of silence seem forever! Again, thanks to my colleagues who always take the initiative to start a new topic whenever silence sneak in. Shame on me. I only sat there and drink my tea.
I was not so quite during my student life. Always talk with friends during supper. We have presentation in the class and I have never been afraid of being in front do the talking. I even took up public speaking course during my university life. I guess speaking needs to practice as well. And I have not been speaking to a person longer than 30 minutes recently. Even during lunch time, I mostly listen to my colleagues talk about some topic which I don't really interested in. So most of my time, I communicate with the computer. Dancing my fingers my the keyboard like a professional piano player with my mouth closed and ears filled with head set listening to mp3s of my favorite songs.
I need to speak more. I should find back my uni-friends and ask them for supper. We could talk through the night. At least my mouth will be more useful!