The weather has been really <insert noun> lately. *Cringe* Boring! Make Me Interesting!
We’ve all fallen victim to social awkwardness, dull conversation skills, boring discussions and forced banter at some point in our lives. For many this is a daily affliction that causes stumbling, fumbling, even avoiding interactions. For others it’s less frequent but the need to stay sharp, engaging and interesting is still top of mind – no one wants to get caught off guard, appear to have the social / business IQ of a garden slug or leave an unpleasant lasting impression.
“Hey did you catch the game last night?” “No, I don’t enjoy sports”. And the conversation fizzles out, bombs, tension rises, then the overreach will come to attempt a save.
“Wow hot out today, hope the weather holds until the weekend!” “Me too.” Boring!
“How’s the wife doing?” “We’re getting a divorce” Awkward! How do you back-pedal out of that one?
“I had the best steak ever last night!” “I don’t believe in eating meat, it’s wrong.” Fail! MacGyver hasn’t been in this tight a situation.
It could be as simple as small talk while waiting for a coffee. It may be daily discussions with coworkers, friend, our significant others. It may even be those less frequent but ever so important impressions we make when we meet new people are parties, social gatherings, even dates!
It’s not just about having something to say. We all have something to say. It’s about finding the right topic for the individual, setting, reading the situation and being natural about it. We all do this to a certain extent but we don’t course correct and the interaction doesn’t always resonate well with the other party.
Let’s face it, we can all use a tune up from time to time. Self improvement should always be a constant. No one wants to be boring, socially inept or passed over for the job / promotion. There is a way to hone your skills, read on!