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7 ways to be the most interesting person in any room - The Week

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2. The most captivating people are often good listeners.

Impressing people can be great but it can also devolve into status jockeying, one-upmanship, and envy. People love to talk about themselves and there are a dearth of good listeners. Let the other person talk. It gives their brain as much pleasure as food or money:

Talking about ourselves — whether in a personal conversation or through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter — triggers the same sensation of pleasure in the brain as food or money… [Barking Up the Wrong Tree].

You can make an excellent impression by saying amazingly little. Ironically, the people we like the most often say the least.

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