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Harvard and Wharton researchers advise:  How Not To Sound Like an Idiot When Making Small Talk”

[Reports CNBC]

  “Making small talk with someone you’ve just met can be terrifying. Common sense tells us we need to convince the other person that we’re smart, so we casually drop our job title, education and accomplishments…

I found that the answer is a lot simpler than you think: ask for advice. Seeking advice actually makes you look smarter.”

Says author Joanne Lipman *

COMMENTS CHARLES McCain: Make certain to mention this quote from Soren Kierkegaard:

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

No one will remember anything about him but they will probably have heard his name it in college, and know he is a philosopher impossible to understand.

If you use a quote which sounds intelligent and serious but don’t remember who said it, attribute the quote to Winston Churchill because he said thousands of quotable things.


*Joanne Lipman is the bestselling author of ”NEXT! The Power of Reinvention in Life and Work″ and ”That’s What She Said: What Men and Women Know About Working Together.”

(photo courtesy https://alchemiq.com/how-to-organize-a-business-cocktail-party/

Charles McCain, author of An Honorable German, a WW2 naval epic featuring a heroic but deeply conflicted anti-Nazi German naval officer. The novel is about him and his fiance set against the backdrop of the war.

available on Kindle here: https://tinyurl.com/McCainAmazonAHG

available on Nook here: https://tinyurl.com/AHGMcCainNook