How to Be Polite
In the article, Ford mentions a particular “trick” when talking to someone for the first time. After asking them about their job, he often responds with “Wow. That sounds hard.” I do this all the time, and it really does work. I think all of us (me included) love talking about ourselves, and when given the opportunity – we just keep going until someone tries to stop us.
Like Ford though, I think I’m also genuinely interested to hear about other people’s jobs. I don’t always assume it’s hard, but I do believe that other people’s jobs are harder than we think.
Ford’s piece is quirky and funny, and it’s really a struggle to not quote the entire thing here in this blog post. Another excerpt:
Do yourself a favor, and check out How to Be Polite. It’s really quite good, and I’m all but insisting.
Because insisting would be a little too pushy, and impolite.
[via @mathowie, Image: The Good Boy, 1837]