I’ve been a follower of Simon Sinek’s work for quite some time, and his insights never cease to inspire me. Recently, I came across one of his concepts that particularly stood out: the idea of being the last to speak. This concept, simple in its essence, holds profound implications for both our personal and professional interactions.

The Common Misstep in Communication

We’ve all been there, both as the perpetrator and the recipient. Someone walks into a meeting and immediately takes the floor: “Here’s the problem and here’s what I think we should do – but I’d love to hear your thoughts.” It’s a common approach, but it subtly places their opinion at the forefront, influencing the entire direction of the conversation.


Why Being the Last to Speak Matters


Adopting the practice of being the last to speak, while challenging, offers immense benefits:

  1. Valuing Others’ Contributions: When you consciously decide to hold back your thoughts until others have had their say, it demonstrates a deep respect for their ideas and perspectives. This not only encourages a more inclusive environment but also fosters a culture of mutual respect.

  2. Gaining a Wider Perspective: By listening to others first, you expose yourself to a variety of viewpoints, which can significantly broaden your understanding of the issue at hand. This doesn’t just lead to better decision-making; it also cultivates a more empathetic and comprehensive approach to problem-solving.

Implementing the Change

Making this shift isn’t easy. It requires you to consciously override the instinct to respond immediately. But the rewards of this practice are too significant to ignore. Here’s how you can start:

  • In your next meeting or discussion, whether at work or in personal settings, make a deliberate effort to listen first.
  • Engage actively in what others are saying. Ask questions to delve deeper into their viewpoints.
  • Understand the reasoning behind their opinions before formulating and sharing your own.


This approach is about genuine engagement. It’s not just about waiting for your turn to speak, but about truly valuing and understanding the perspectives of others. By embracing the habit of being the last to speak, you can transform the way you interact, lead, and make decisions. Give it a conscious try, and watch the shift it brings to your conversations and relationships.

I hope this post could give you some insight, spark some interest or thought. Feel free to leave a comment or share to a friend or someone who would benefit from reading this. 

Thank you for reading, I look forward seeing you soon again. Stay awesome – I appreciate you! 

With love, Sebastian 

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