I was once in a room of about twelve people who were all talking at once. Not a pretty sight, but everybody was happily making noise, apparently not caring whether or not anyone was listening. The activity was to talk, not to listen.
Listen to the words of the wise;
apply your heart to my instruction.
For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart
and always ready on your lips.
Proverbs 22.17-18 NLT
The wise person listens first, not to just anyone, but to the wise whose wisdom comes from above, then internalizes those words, then will have something to say. And that wisdom, after it has been learned and lived, will always be on the tip of the tongue, ready to bless.
Father, let me listen first to you, so that I might have something to say to others.
Hold this thought: To hear is first the wisdom rule, / But empty words belong to the fool.
Read the second in a series of three: Even you.