You Don’t Need to Be Loud to Get Noticed, Just Ask a Sparrow

You Don’t Need to Be Loud to Get Noticed, Just Ask a Sparrow

Is there any creature noisier than a blue jay? I’m not sure, not in my neck of the woods, at least. And you always know when one is nearby – you don’t even need to see it.

Just the other day I was raking in the backyard, and one landed on the wire overhead and immediately began to squawk and announce its presence to us all. I looked up, watched for a moment, but soon tired of the outbursts and went back to raking.

Soon after, a small flock of sparrows, landing in the hydrangea bush, caught my attention. There were maybe 3 or 4 of them, flitting in and out of the branches. I was mesmerized watching them do what they do best: chirruping, nibbling, hopping about.

It was certainly more interesting to watch them being sparrows, than it was to rake leaves, for sure – and it was way more compelling and entertaining than being talked down to by a blue jay.   

You don’t need to be loud to get noticed. You just need to show up and do what comes naturally to you and do it well.

Then it dawned on me: You don’t need to be loud to get noticed. You just need to show up and do what comes naturally to you and do it well. Whatever that is, from baking and selling your own cookies to operating a coffee shop to running a nonprofit for restaurant workers – do it well, find ways to connect with your audience, and people will begin to pay attention.

Sure, making a little noise at first, a little chirruping when you arrive, can’t hurt. But what is often so much more attractive and compelling is what you say, what story you tell, once you’ve landed on a sturdy branch, and not how you tell it. In other words, don’t just be a loud squawker – it’s for the birds.


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