Having meaningful conversations with strangers

Our lives are rich with situations that involve interacting with strangers. Whether by choice or as a product of circumstance, these exchanges shouldn’t be undervalued or overlooked. They are real opportunities to improve your overall networking ability and stimulate your social life.  Every conversation is practice and with enough practice you can become incredibly skilled at striking up great conversations and quickly building rapport, leading to sales, opportunities, relationships or social excitement.  But don’t expect to always feel comfortable starting a conversation. That’s not the point. The point is to become better over time. Eventually, you will become noticeably more confident and feel much more comfortable and consequently more successful at avoiding awkwardness and creating meaningful conversations.

Here are some tips on having good conversations with strangers

 

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10 rules of life from Tolstoy

In Henri Troyat’s biography, Tolstoy‘>Tolstoy,  Troyat includes an excerpt from Tolstoy’s “Rules of Life”. Tolstoy wrote these rules when he was eighteen years old:

  • Get up early (five o’clock)
  • Go to bed early (nine to ten o’clock)
  • Eat little and avoid sweets
  • Try to do everything by yourself
  • Have a goal for your whole life, a goal for one section of your life, a goal for a shorter period and a goal for the year; a goal for every month, a goal for every week, a goal for every day, a goal for every hour and for every minute, and sacrifice the lesser goal to the greater
  • Keep away from women
  • Kill desire by work
  • Be good, but try to let no one know it
  • Always live less expensively than you might
  • Change nothing in your style of living even if you become ten times richer

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Aphorisms

Aphorism: A short, pointed sentence expressing a wise or clever observation or a general truth.

1. The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.

2. Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.

3. If you don’t have a sense of humor, you probably don’t have any sense at all.

4. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.

5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep water.

6. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?

7. Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.

8. Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks?

9. Scratch a cat and you will have a permanent job.

10. No one has more driving ambition than the boy who wants to buy a car.

11. There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.

12. There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4AM. – Like this: It could be the right number.

13. No one ever says ‘It’s only a game.’ when their team is winning.

14. I’ve reached the age where ‘happy hour’ is a nap.

15. Be careful about reading the fine print. There’s no way you’re going to like it.

16. The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.

17. Do you realize that in about 40 years, we’ll have thousands of old ladies running around with sagging distorted tattoos? (And rap music will be the Golden Oldies)!

18. Money can’t buy happiness — but somehow it’s more comfortable to cry in a Cadillac than in a Yugo.

19. After 60, if you don’t wake up aching in every joint, you are probably dead! (I know this for a fact)

20. Always be yourself. Because the people that matter, don’t mind. And the ones that mind, don’t matter.

Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

Thanks Gene

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