You see, I’m one of the slow-talker types. I like to sit in the corner quietly absorbing the conversations around me, thinking about things for a while before I respond. This is why I prefer email and other asynchronous communication media for in-depth discussion.
If I’m in a “real-time” conversation where other people are talking/thinking faster than I am, I usually find it a) very difficult to get a word in edgewise, and b) difficult to express myself as eloquently as I would like.
When I write email, particularly important email that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about, I usually edit relentlessly (occasionally writing multiple drafts) in order to make my point as clearly and succinctly as possible. In real-time, high-pressure, heavy-thought-requiring conversation, I don’t have that luxury, so I often just end up sounding like the “slow dolt” mentioned in the article. And, honestly, that’s just no fun at all.