A Simple Guide on How to Be Polite

"People silently struggle from all kinds of terrible things."


Thu, Aug 14th, 2014 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Medium, Paul Ford has this very entertaining -- but very educational and thought-provoking piece -- on how to be polite. Remember: sometimes people are just having a bad day.

Here’s a polite person’s trick, one that has never failed me. I will share it with you because I like and respect you, and it is clear to me that you’ll know how to apply it wisely: When you are at a party and are thrust into conversation with someone, see how long you can hold off before talking about what they do for a living. And when that painful lull arrives, be the master of it. I have come to revel in that agonizing first pause, because I know that I can push a conversation through. Just ask the other person what they do, and right after they tell you, say: “Wow. That sounds hard.”

Because nearly everyone in the world believes their job to be difficult. [...]



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