I am tired of being ignored
March 16, 2008 1:05 PM Subscribe
What books, training, or simple advice can you give me in becoming a more interesting conversationalist at work and especially in meeting new people?
posted by Brandon1600 to Human Relations (20 answers total) 84 users marked this as a favorite
I have recently taken a job as a Customer Sales Rep for an insurance company (a major one) and I have found myself lacking in the conversational arts. I have always been shy and kind of geeky and I dont seem to connect well with people unlike myself. And I really hate that. I've noticed when I am in conversation with someone, the other person seems to look for someone else to talk to and immediately takes the chance to say hello and conversate with others while completely ignoring me. It doesn't happen all the time, but enough of the time. This question is bordering on "How do I be cool?" but that's not what I mean. I just want to be more interesting and I guess more energetic. I want people to want
to speak with me. I want them to ask me to have lunch. I have been listening to Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People
and its been helpful but its also geared more towards a business relationship. I've also heard of Toastmasters
but again its seems to be geared more towards business. I am really trying not to get involved with gossip, which I do not consider to be a true form of communication. Its just mean. If any of you have any experience with improving your social status through speaking, I am all ears.