-"Brevity is the soul of wit. If you've got something to say, say it and stop talking. If you don't have anything to say, you're doing yourself and others a favor by keeping quiet. If you can't make a contribution, don't slow down the people who can." -Craig Newmark, Craigslist Founder, "Getting There"
Listen more, talk less. Try it. As with any exercise in discipline, it is difficult at first, becomes easier with practice, and, once accomplished, is EXTREMELY empowering and fulfilling. So many people feel they have to make a statement about all topics that come up in casual conversation. Why?
What it boils down to is protection of ego.