I’m off to North Carolina today! I’ll be gone next week. I added more Tekken footage, but the MWC will have to wait until I get back. But I leave you with this:
I’m still on my talking-to-people kick, which I’ll try to bring to NC in full force. Where I used to just nod at people and attempt to move them along as quickly as possible, I now try my damndest to carry on a conversation. And I try to be a good conversationalist. I don’t just nod my head and grunt; and I don’t just pretend to be interested. I put as much effort as I can into thinking about what they’re saying and coming up with intelligent, enjoyable, genuine responses. It’s never fake. It can be very tiring sometimes.
Why do it? Well, it provides great practice at being conversational, which is a practical, useful skill to have in all situations. This is something I’ve always lacked. In a situation when I’m around people I’m not too interested in interacting with, I’m usually very quiet, which is usually a result of me having nothing to say. Why do I have nothing to say? Because I sit there hearing the words, but not listening. I let them pass through my head and right out the other ear. When I realize I’m doing this, I try to focus on what’s being said and place myself in the situation in an attempt to form questions and answers that relate to the topic. I’ve noticed that as I do this more, I more easily enter and become interested in a conversation. I have to force myself less and put forth less effort. I think it all comes down to practice. Just like any other skill, it comes with time. I notice already that I’m getting better. Before long, I’ll take it for granted and only have a faint recollection of the difficulty I used to have.. or at least that’s the plan.
On another note, this is worth the time to glance over. There are some very good points that may make you ask yourself how “nice” you want to be.