November 29, 2012

Notting Hill

When you get out of the underground at Notting Hill station in London you are not far away from Portobello road. That is where the movie, Notting Hill, was shot. It is a romantic love story between a famous movie star Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) and a bookstore owner William Thacker (Hugh Grant) who has his bookstore in Notting Hill.

One of the best known musics of this film is the version of the song When You Say Nothing At All as performed by Ronan Keating in 1999. A selection of lyrics: “Try as I may I could never explain what I hear when you don’t say a thing / You say it best when you say nothing at all”

When you read these lines, you may think like, “This person has found a really good method. He/She doesn’t have to listen to incessant chattering.” :-) Of course, taken as a whole the lyrics of this song are based on explaining how good someone understands the other person. So good, so that talking is not needed.

You may communicate with someone you love like this. You may deduce certain meanings from his/her silence.

However, in business life it is better to convey to your existing or potential partners your feelings about them by talking openly, not by remaining silent. Otherwise, they may infer something else from your silence.

If you would like to listen to When You Say Nothing At All from Ronan Keating while viewing some scenes from Notting Hill, please click here.

The oldie of the week: Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound Of Silence (1981)

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