Mark Twain is famous for a lot of things.
One of them is witty sayings. One my favorite’s is “the difference between somebody who can’t read and somebody who doesn’t is nothing.”
Meaning if you CAN read, but you never do, your not utilizing a GREAT WAY to gain more information and perspective.
Of course, since you’re reading this now, you’re not one of the “non-readers” (who seem to be more and more today.)
A lot of things can be thought of like this. You may have a FANTASTIC personality, but if you never let it out, nobody will know.
Many people think of themselves as shy and reserved. Quiet, laid back, it takes a while to get to know them.
In fact most people are very different around strangers than they are around friends.
Funny thing is that everybody is thinking the same thing.
Everybody would LIKE to be more outgoing, but they would also like somebody else to be the one that “goes first.”
Sure, if you’re going to be around the same people for a while (work, school, new neighbors etc) then that’s not a big deal.
Just relax, and let it happen.
Sometimes though, being able to make a STRONG first impression is crucial.
Maybe you only see them once. Maybe you’ve got fifty other people trying to make a STRONG first impression, like in a job interview.
Having the skill to do this will help. You don’t need to ALWAYS be super outgoing and charismatic, but it’s good to know that you’ve got that secret weapon in your back pocket in case you need it.
It can be the ONE THING that keeps YOU in their mind instead of every other person.
Of course, most people don’t take any effort to learn how to do this. They tell themselves they’ll simply “step up to the plate” when the time comes.
Only the time never comes.
If you make a decision to learn as many skills as you can, you’ll NEVER regret.
There will never be a time in life when you think, “Gee, I’ve got too many skills.”
Especially communication skills.
The more you’ve got, the better you’ll do.
Luckily, conversation skills are like getting better at pushups. Why is this luckily?
Because anybody, if they would only do a few minutes of pushups every morning, can work up their way to quite a few.
Conversational skills work the same way.
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