How Not to Be Boring

Esquire's advice on keeping things interesting
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Jul 25, 2010 1:55 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Are you a bit of a dullard? Me, too. Thankfully, the folks at Esquire have put together a guide to being cool. Well, cooler. Here are some of their tips for the socially challenged:

  • First of all, just don't be boring: If what you're saying is making your own eyes glaze over, "Stop talking. Acknowledge the situation. Smile. Move on."
  • Make lemonade: Every awkward pause is an opportunity. "People would rather listen to you talk about yourself than nothing."

  • Keep it simple, stupid: That person you just met doesn't need to hear about your breakup or your cat. "Limit stories to the last five minutes of your life—the turnout, the Scotch selection, the homeless man you mistakenly took for a valet."
  • Shut up about your blog: Really, nobody cares.
Click here for the rest of the list. What, you like lists? Check out this list of "actors" who should really call it quits (and yes, Miley is on it).

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