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Why Silence Really Is Golden

This story appears in the April 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Conspicuous silence during any meeting makes you seem like one of two things: either the most engaged person or the least. Which one of those things you seem like is determined by the Seniority/Silence Bell Curve (or SSBC), which was established in 2016 by Entrepreneur columnist Ross McCammon. According to the SSBC: Silent bosses always seem smart, silent interns always seem smart and everyone else generally seems dumb, freaked out, uninterested, intimidated and/or on doctor's orders not to speak. But, like talking, silence is a form of . And it's only conspicuous if it's coupled with inexpression.

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