Have you ever been around someone who just talked and talked and talked and talked and…well…you get the idea!
They droned on forever without ever coming to the point…or any point. Now, is it possible that this person was once you? We’ve all bored other people at one time or another.
At a first contact meeting, we don’t have the luxury of doing this! Therefore, here is an exercise that will help you kick the “I can be boring blues!”
Do this exercise when you are alone.
1) Think about a book, movie, or TV show that you recently
read or saw.
2) Take two minutes to describe the show or book, out loud.
3) Pause, compose your thoughts and then do the same thing
again in one minute!
4) Pause, compose your thoughts and do your review in 30
The ability to be brief and offer a concise version of any story, especially your personal stories can be the most profound communication change you may ever make.
By making your stories shorter you give the listener the opportunity to have you elaborate on what you have just shared with them. If they don’t ask for more, you may have just offered the right amount of information!
People who tell long stories while the rest of the group experiences their eyes glazing over are never perceived as attractive and are avoided. This simple exercise, done regularly, makes you instantly more easy to listen to…. And less boring.