As I get ready to shut down to engage in my once-a-year interactions with distant family and other slightly familiar kin, I went looking for one of my own articles on my blog to review. Since I needed a refresher on my own advice, I thought you might want one as well.
The Art of Chitchat
I hate chitchat. Hate it.
I know I am probably (not probably, definitely am) an overly intense person. I want to be engaged in something that is meaningful and “on purpose” at all times—even when I am “off” and not working.
To sit around and shoot the (well, you know) and talk about the weather, football scores or the latest celebrity gossip pains me beyond belief. Ask my wife: A conversation goes shallow, and I’ll go in the other room and read a book or find something else “productive” to do.
So when I know I am going into chitchat terrain (like holiday parties and family functions) I gear myself up and review my chitchat strategy.
Here is what I know for sure: read more »