Ninjas. You can learn so much from them.
Walking around cubicles people can hear me coming and sometimes poke their heads out, halting my progress in order to resolve their usually petty issue. Since I was a child I practiced stepping quietly. (It's quite the workout actually you should try it.) Not tip toeing but carefully placing your heals and progressing with the smooth even stride that greatly reduces both wind resistance and pant friction.
Yes you look stupid doing it.
Granted you don't look as stupid as say...a speed walker but stupid nevertheless. (For the greatest comedy skit featuring speed walking watch this episode of Malcom in the Middle.) Interesting M.I.T.M. trivia: Malcom's eldest brother, Francis is played by Christopher Kennedy Masterson, and his brother, Danny Masterson, played Steven Hyde on "That 70s Show."
This skill, if you can call it that, has saved me quite a bit of time. I have returned of course to resolve or assist them with their problems but only after they request assistance through the right channels. Organization equals efficiency. Walking in Silent Mode has saved me from repeated time consuming explanations about why people need to request assistance the official way. It saves us all a lot of time in the long run if they only spend a few more seconds.
Anyone else use this technique or am I the only dork?