Just How Interesting Are You?
By Sandy Schroeder
The question in the headline is pretty straighforward. How interesting are you? Most of us would probably tend to dodge the question, saying we fall somewhere in the middle. But if we look closer, most of us have our own brand of interesting going. If your friends or family were to describe you they might talk about your quickness, perceptiveness, inventiveness or sense of humor.
That “interesting quotient” that sets you apart can also help you as you make your way through the world. Adding a special edge to everything you do, being interesting can be a valuable asset.
Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, a leading agency that serves many Fortune500 companies, recommends that we all take a quick look at our interesting assets and develop them when we can.
Often, special individual interests can open new doors, weigh in with business contacts or lead to new projects, sometimes providing the needed momentum to close the deal. Watch someone who you feel is interesting and learn from their approach.
Bradberry gives us a few tips on traits that make people interesting.
Never Lose Your Curiosity – I have a friend who taught for 30 years and he is still as curious as the day he walked into his first classroom. He always asks why and how come. And he always manages to have a bunch of new stories and new contacts in the works.
Follow Your Passions – Whatever moves you probably moves others too. Talk to others in the field, do research, get out there and meet people who are involved. Art, music, or technology could attract you. As you follow your field you are bound to interact with more people and expand your areas of expertise.
Be Open to New Ideas – We all have comfortable grooves, but sometimes the best things happen when we break out and sample new things. New people, new products, new ideas can be amazing, extending contacts and broadening perspective.
Take Pride in Who You Are – We are all different, but sometimes it is tempting to just blend into the crowd. Instead, why not pursue your interests and let people know who you are. Whatever attracts you -- music, photography, art, food or gardening -- can all be ways to express yourself and learn more.
Don’t Worry About Your Image – Too many times we are more concerned about how we appear than what we are actually doing. Stay centered and make decisions based on what you believe. Honesty and sincerity are always recognized and valued.
Always Be Ready to Interact – Whatever your specialty or field of expertise, keep reaching out to others in the field. Trading information and building contacts will keep you in the center of what’s happening. You will seem, and actually be, a lot more interesting as you stay up in your field.
These are just a few of the traits that make people interesting. You may have a whole lot of other skills, talents and experiences that make you unique. Think about where you have traveled, the variety of jobs you have had, the range of people you know. All of that history is yours to share with the world.