Do you suffer? The “Most Interesting Person In The Room” Syndrome And How You Can Recover From It [SlideShare]


A number of myths surrounds the communication field. They are mostly misunderstandings and misinterpretations, made by non-communicators.

Communication is an area where many amateurs believe they are experts. How hard can it be to talk to people? Anyone knows communication. I’m a leader, so I sure know how to communicate.

Sounds familiar to you? It does to me alright, and I’m quite sick and tired of it.

Why talking is not communication

Another misconception when it comes to spreading the word, is that talking is communication.

Today I’ll share a SlideShare with you, which I have curated out of the article “Myth: Talking is Communication” by David Grossman. One thing that David points out in his story, is the “most important person in the room” syndrome. He says leaders often suffer from it, and that it means “they can sometimes talk without saying much, or assume that because they’re talking, everyone is hearing the message in exactly the way it is intended“.

We’ve experienced it all, haven’t we?

Click through the SlideShare! It gives some great insights into how to recover from the illness by actually communicate with your listeners in order to gain their respect, interest, and attention.

Do you or someone you know suffer from the “most interesting person in the room” syndrome? Please tell in the comment box below or tweet me @CoSkills.

To dig deeper into the subject, have a look at another curated SlideShare of mine in the post #1 Enemy of Internal Communications: The Curse of Knowledge, and at Your Co-Workers Aren’t Mind-Readers, my guest post for Make a Powerful Point last year.

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About the author

Anna Rydne is an award winning and highly skilled communications specialist with +13 years of experience in the field of internal and external communication, PR and marketing. What distinguishes her from others in her field of expertise is that she treats communication as entertainment. It's simple to explain why: if it isn't funny or relevant enough, people switch channel. Anna has a special interest in personal branding and she believes the road to success is trying. Based in Stockholm, Sweden, she's determined to uncover the secrets of how successful people and companies communicate. She tweets about all things comms, social media and marketing @CoSkills and writes for once a month. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology. Contact her at

One Response to Do you suffer? The “Most Interesting Person In The Room” Syndrome And How You Can Recover From It [SlideShare]

  1. Charlotte says:

    Oh, yeah, I feel that this is exactly what I have been trying to get accross to our CEO, and never been listened to (not even heard I guess). And, to be honest, I don’t know what to do anymore about it. People in my company blame Internal Communication for bad communication (ie, me).

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