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29 July 2015

#QuestionOfTheDay – Day 36 – Are You Interesting?

Jairek Robbins

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Hello folks, Jairek Robbins here. Today, let’s dive into a fascinating subject: the art of being interesting.

Now, you might ask, why is this important? In this world of distractions, if you can’t hold someone’s attention, your message, no matter how important or compelling, may not get through. That’s why being able to engage people mentally, emotionally, and physically during interactions can be a true game-changer.

So, the question is, are you interesting enough to fully engage those around you? If you are, what’s your secret? And if you’re not, how can you up your game?

To answer these questions, we first need to break down what it means to be ‘interesting’. Being interesting is not about being the loudest, the most outrageous, or the most exotic. It’s about being engaging, being authentic, being passionate, and being able to connect with others on a deep level.

If you’re already doing this, kudos to you! I’d bet your secret is a mix of active listening, showing genuine interest in others, sharing captivating stories or insights, and, most importantly, being true to who you are. This authenticity makes interactions feel more like enriching exchanges than dry transactions, and people can’t help but be drawn in.

But what if you’re on the other side of the fence? If you’re struggling to hold people’s attention, don’t fret. You’re not alone, and the good news is, you can learn to become more interesting. Here are some strategies you might find helpful:

1. Develop a rich knowledge base: The more you know, the more you have to share. Expand your horizons. Read, travel, learn new skills, expose yourself to different cultures, ideas, and perspectives. This breadth of experience not only makes you more interesting, it also gives you a vast pool of resources to draw from during interactions.

2. Cultivate active listening: Being interesting isn’t just about what you say, it’s also about how you listen. When you listen actively and empathetically, you show the other person that you value their perspective. This builds a strong rapport and makes the conversation more engaging.

3. Tell compelling stories: Stories captivate us. They are a powerful way to share experiences and ideas. So, learn the art of storytelling. Make your stories vivid, relatable, and full of emotion.

4. Be authentically you: No one else can be you. That’s your superpower. Your unique experiences, ideas, and personality are what make you interesting. So, embrace who you are and let that shine in your interactions.

Becoming more interesting isn’t about putting on a show or trying to be someone you’re not. It’s about becoming a better version of yourself and finding ways to share that with others.

I challenge you to step up your game. Try these strategies. Be patient and persistent. And remember, the goal isn’t just to be interesting, but to create meaningful connections.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this subject. What are your tips for being interesting? How do you engage people during interactions? Let’s learn from each other.

Here’s to being irresistibly interesting,

Jairek Robbins

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