Daily Wrighting—Dec. 12, 2017

On Small Talk

I am not an outgoing person. I’ve always hated small talk; I was an awkward, serious kid who wasn’t good at it and didn’t care for superficiality.

That started changing when I started my own business practicing law after law school. I began to have a different mindset. I had to deal with clients and professionals regularly—people I didn’t know personally but had to do business with. It was important to put them at ease, show a little humor, and reassure them that I am generally a pleasant person.

So I got better at small talk.

I get it now. It’s really about putting people at ease; about starting off with a positive interaction, however small.

I’m still awkward. My small talk game is basic. But I try, and I think it works. In fact, one of my co-workers recently told me I’m good with people. Five years ago, I would never have thought someone would say that about me.

Editing Thought of the Day

Maybe with 280 characters available, Twitter will finally include proper punctuation.

Interesting Stuff

  • Twitter increased its character limit from 140 to 280 a little while ago, and a lot of users decried the change—including Kevin O’Keefe, the lawyering world’s social media evangelist. But now he admits he was wrong.
  • A new app called Groupy has just been released for Windows. It adds tabs to every application. I haven’t tried it, but it looks useful. It’s such a good idea, in fact, that Microsoft is already developing its own (worse) version.
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