Ugly Sweaters Make Good Conversation
With the arrival of ugly sweaters and too much egg nog, the holiday season is upon us, which means that you may find yourself involved in more conversations with more people than you do at any other time of the year.
To make sure you enjoy every conversation you have, I want you to remember two things…
First, unless you live under a rock, you will find yourself in the middle of a calorie and alcohol-induced conversation that, as Dave Ramsey would say, ‘That’s stupid!’ When you find yourself in that situation, keep those two words in mind, keep your mouth shut, smile, change the subject, and take a walk outside. Never let anybody else ruin your day.
Now that we have the negative out of the way, let’s talk about being the most fun and interesting person at any event you attend. If you do nothing else, remember that everybody is listening “WIIFM’ broadcasting live in their mind. All anybody cares about is ‘What’s in it for ME?’
The secret to starting or participating in a conversation that will make you a communications expert is to never make it about you and always make it about who you are speaking with. When you do, magic happens…
When you make OTHERS the most interesting person in the room, YOU become the most interesting person.
So, take a breath, enjoy the season, and see if you can learn a little bit about every person you meet.