There is lots of information on the internet explaining this acronym, with many spins on it.

Communication is so important, and I’ve certainly learned that it is incredibly helpful to think about the motive behind my need to communicate.

By asking myself what am I trying to say and why?


Sometimes, silence is best.

To let life unfold without the need to have a say to control, rescue or fix.

Sometimes… silence is best.

S, 🌼

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Information on this acronym from

Carole Lewis:

Carole Lewis - W.A.I.T. - Why Am I Talking?

More information on this acronym from Power of TED:

"Instead of unconsciously talking, take a moment before you choose your words and ask yourself:

W.A.I.T.—Why Am I Talking?

Am I talking for approval and to be overly helpful? (Rescuer)
Am I talking to control and take charge of the situation? (Persecutor)
Am I talking to complain and whine about all I don’t like? (Victim)

Many of our behaviors are habitual and probably none more so than talking. Here are a few reflective questions to ask yourself before you leap into a conversation:

What is my intention behind what I am about to say?

Is there a question I could ask that would help me better understand what the other person is saying and perceiving?

How might I simply listen and let go of my urge to talk in this moment?

If we all did a little more W.A.I.T.ing and a little less talking, we believe this world would be a more empowering and co-creative place."

4 Comments Add yours

  1. dvkenobie says:

    Words are like a River: Silence is an Ocean.

    1. Well said, DVK… 🥰🥰🥰

  2. mama says:

    This is Excellent!

    1. Thanks mama!!!! 🥰🥰🥰

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