6 Smart Things to Learn from Interesting People
By Sandy Schroeder
Interesting people are always easy to spot. They never blend in and they never intend to. Most of us are drawn to them because they are so dynamic, but they are actually good marketplace teachers, too, according to Dr.Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, an agency that services 75 percent of the Fortune 500 companies.
Bradberry suggests we watch interesting people to learn how to acquire more clients, strengthen our networks, and energize our appeal.
Check this list of habits and see what you think.
They always need to know – No matter what it is, if it’s new and different, they will be there asking questions. I have a friend who is like that. He’s always the first one to spot change, and the one most likely to explore it. That curiosity generates a lot of energy.
They get involved – Interesting people seldom dabble. They jump right in turning interests into passions. In the process, they learn a lot about many things, which makes them magnetic companions. Once you get to know one interesting person you are apt to meet many more.
They try everything – If it’s new, they will have heard of it, and probably tried it. That spirit of adventure can be contagious, attracting more people and leading to more events.
They chart their own course – Interesting people seldom feel the need to copy others. They have ideas and interests to spare, and they never blend in. Being around them is never dull.
They never worry about their image – If it catches their interest, they will reach out to learn more. They are never afraid to ask questions. Being with a person like that is always an adventure. People are usually flattered when asked about their hobbies, and happy to share their interests in everything from vintage roadsters, to vineyards, to luxury yachts.
They know a lot – People who are so curious often know a great deal about many things, which attracts lots of people. In turn, this generates more interests, events, and pursuits.
They are always authentic – No matter where they are, you can count on them to be direct. They never try to offend others, but they usually feel free to speak up. They also like to share information, which makes them appealing to a wide variety of people. Wherever they go, they follow their usual pattern, staying open to the moment.
When I go out with my friend, I often find myself involved in all sorts of conversations at concerts, conferences and parties. That magnetic quality can generate a lot of new contacts, and surprising new opportunities. It’s always easy to learn something from an interesting person.
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