7 ways to be the most interesting person in any room - The Week
Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
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.