Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D. says, “When you focus on the person speaking you signal that they are important to you and that you’re concentrating on what they say. Focusing on what others are saying allows you to present yourself more effectively. When you listen correctly, you also learn more.” So whether you nod in agreement or murmur a few words in response, sometimes it pays to be quiet and just listen. Here are 7 reasons why you learn more by keeping your mouth shut.