One of the hardest social situations to face is starting a conversation with someone you know very little about.
The way that Gunn gets such fun and interesting interviews out of her subjects is by not having a preconception of what they’ll be talking about.
She wants to find that spot where they are engaged and knowledgeable, because anyone on any topic will be interesting if they have that.
Please find something more interesting to talk about!
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He told her that you are only supposed to eat them in months that have Rs in them, because in June, July and August the water is warm and bacteria levels go up, and muscles are basically filters. She is great at small talk because she can go to the International Biotech conference and find comedy.
Gunn’s favorite part of this interview wasn’t even the science. Gunn has done interviews with difficult people for years, and by now she is able to get even the worst conversationalist into territory where he is interesting. You have to practice making conversation if you want to be good.
But there is no way to grow without being awkward at first, so try it.
It feels good to be able to find the interesting thing about anyone you talk with.
For example, “Most socially confident people deliberately learn specific skills, like understanding the predictable format of a conversation with new people, and focusing on the topic rather than on how one is being perceived,” according to Erika Casriel, writing in Psychology Today.