The man who calls himself David Collins (Dan Stevens) is a blond, smiling Mr. Manners. Invited to stay at the Petersons’ home after saying he was a comrade of their late soldier son Caleb, he addresses parents Spencer (Leland Orser) and Laura (Sheila Kelley) as “Sir” and “Ma’am.” Driving daughter Anna (Maika Monroe) home from a party, he insists that she “please put on your seat belt.” And at a roadside bar, he beats up some teenagers who have bullied young Luke Peterson (Brendan Meyer), then courteously gives the barman a couple of big bills, “for the damages.” David is such a gentleman that, when he feels obliged to knife one of the Petersons, he murmurs, “I’m sorry.” He’s almost the psycho killer you’d want your daughter to marry — except he’s trying to kill her too.
Part of the sick-kick fun of The Guest, a hometown horror film…
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When do we really learn good conversation skills? Well, we don’t. We’re just kind of expected to pick them up…
And we wonder why people aren’t better communicators. How can you be that person people love to talk to?
I’ve posted a lot of research and expert interviews on the subject so let’s round up the info and make it actionable.
In this post you’ll learn:
- How to make a good first impression.
- How to be a great listener.
- What the best subjects to discuss are.
- How to prevent awkward silences.
- How to politely end a conversation.
And a lot more. C’mon, let’s chat.
How To Make A Good First Impression
First impressions really are a big deal and talking to new people can be daunting, no doubt. What’s the answer?
It’s simple, really. Research shows that if you expect people will like you, they probably will:
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To the average tech enthusiast, Apple might look like the face of innovation. After all, the company developed some of the world’s most well-known personal computers. It disrupted the entire music industry. It pushed the mobile phone business ahead by five years.
But here’s the thing: on a month-to-month basis, Apple really isn’t all that innovative.
Instead, the company is tremendously iterative—which is a fancy way of saying that they’re good at making steady, small improvements over time.
Consider its biggest hit, the iPhone, which has remained remarkably similar since its introduction in 2007. Eight years later, the home screen looks nearly identical, with its familiar grid of colorful icons and rounded corners. Sure, the design aesthetic has evolved a bit (now flatter and brighter), and the screen size has increased slightly (once in 2010 and again in 2014).
But compare that to the kaleidoscope of colors, sizes and…
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