I am highly conscious of human beings’ body language, and facial expressions; and have been from an early age. I observe; I always have. I have learned that most people would most definitely rather talk about themselves than listen to you or me.
So, I learned that if I wanted to be part of the conversation, I had to steer the conversation toward whomever I wished to speak to. Now, I can keep someone fully engaged in an interview for hours, answering questions about themselves. As soon as the topic veers away from whomever, I can re-direct it back to them and engage them once more. In five minutes, I can meet a stranger and walk away, knowing their entire life story.
I am fond of quick and friendly banter, but I refused to engage in small talk. If you are going to talk to me, you must tell me something that matters. I have spent the last twenty years only speaking if spoken to unless I have something to say. Now, I expect the same from anyone who wishes their words to fall upon my ears. Give me wisdom for my collection, a piece of you worth carrying.
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.”