So recently I travel for work out of town. This time I was on a plane flight and had several legs there in several legs coming back. On the different flights I had to decide if I was going to be quiet or if I was going to talk to the people sitting next to me. During one flight I met a young college student traveling home from visiting their significant other. The next flight I sat next to a young IT professional who appeared to be a recent college grad, writing code on their computer.
They both appeared to have a lot going for them, but the first one spoke and the second one didn't say one word. Both flights were well over an hour, so you can imagine my conclusion....to grow you have build relationships and to build trust and confidence you have communicate. If you struggle to communicate, seek help and advice on how to do a better job, because I would thoroughly hire the first candidate if I had an opening that was the right fit for them and I would not even consider the second person or even talk to them about any opportunity of working with me or anyone I know. Put your phone and computer down and communicate with verbal words. After all, its the right thing to do and it models the way for others.