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A.k.A: How to talk to anyone you deem worthy.
on November 16, 2015
Whether you're attracted to someone, need to get ahead in business, or simply want to increase your friendships (face-to-face or online) this books carries a lot of advice. 92 examples to be exact. It guides you on how to start a conversation, the tempo you should use, reading non-verbal signs and all the suave techniques to mingle your way into a crowd of strangers. But does it work??
I love talking to people, and find it easy to handle conversations where the other person is interested in chatting as well. So I used some of the techniques to see if I could charm my way with the "introverts" at an artsy party.
First, I wore a very peculiar starfish pendant (the book advises us to wear something others can comment on.)
Avoided telling them exactly what I enjoy doing (the book says to clarify it in a sentence like "As a hobby I love to wander through many lives and loose myself in stories" -- instead of I read.)
Tried to include others in the conversation to get the motor running
Gave everyone a different special smile
Allowed for pauses
Laughed to put others at ease...
All in all it was a lot of effort, just to meet people who weren't all that interested in talking to begin with. Although, the book contains several good tips, my advise is to use them sporadically, and only when you are extremely interesting in getting to know someone.