Here’s a polite person’s trick

When you are at a party and are thrust into conversation with someone, see how long you can hold off before talking about what they do for a living. And when that painful lull arrives, be the master of it. I have come to revel in that agonizing first pause, because I know that I can push a conversation through. Just ask the other person what they do, and right after they tell you, say: “Wow. That sounds hard.”

via Paul Ford on Medium
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2 thoughts on “Here’s a polite person’s trick”

  1. “This is not a world where you can simply express love for other people, where you can praise them. Perhaps it should be. But it’s not. I’ve found that people will fear your enthusiasm and warmth, and wait to hear the price. Which is fair. We’ve all been drawn into someone’s love only to find out that we couldn’t afford it. A little distance buys everyone time.”

    That’s great

  2. It was a lovely piece, wasn’t it? I need to make a trip to Paris soon and see you and Minh by the way. :o)

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