Sometimes I’m not entirely sure why. But one of my goals is to live a truly interesting life. So when I meet someone who seems very interesting, I pay attention.
In trying to figure out what makes interesting people interesting. I’ve noticed a few things. I’m going to share four of them with you in this article. Consider this your guide to becoming a more interesting person.
But before we start, no one’s saying you’re not interesting enough right now. These are just some tips to make you more interesting. If you’re an introvert, these will also help you break out of your shell a bit.
- Interesting people share more.
Specifically, they tend to say the things the rest of us suppress. Things like: “Has that painting always been there?” Or, “I think Thursdays make me depressed.” Or even, “Is it just me, or does the boss tend to stare at Jenny more than the rest of us?”
The common element is that these comments shock others out of their routines. Admit it. These remarks are a lot more interesting than, “How are you?” or, “Just fine, thank you.”
Interesting people allow their curiosity and unique point of view to find its way to the surface while everyone else suppresses that stuff to try to fit in.
- Interesting people talk to others more.
As a result, they end up knowing more people. They also become repositories for all kinds of hilarious stories and inside information.
How do they do it?
Often, they just strike up random conversations with random people. I saw someone doing this at Starbucks recently. She started chatting with the person next to her at the condiment bar instead of stirring her coffee in silence. They were complete strangers, but soon they were exchanging stories and gathering information about each other.
You might feel like you simply can’t do that. Honestly, I’m not much of an extrovert, either. So if that’s your excuse, try the next tip.
- Interesting people try new things.
Sometimes it’s travel. Sometimes it’s volunteering at a soup kitchen or going to a soccer game. It doesn’t really matter what it is as long as it’s new to you.
New experiences naturally bring us into contact with new people. There will be questions to ask. Discoveries to make. And even if it doesn’t end up being your favorite new thing, you’ll still have new stories to tell. That means the next time you see a friend or when you show up to the office on Monday morning, you’ll be the person who had an interesting weekend!
- Interesting people invite more.
In other words, they don’t sit around waiting for someone else to invite them to a party, an event, a conversation, or anything else. Instead, if they want to do something, they do the inviting.
As a result, they often become the hub of activity. They are the ones hosting the party or convincing everyone to buy concert tickets for the same night. That puts them in the middle of the action. They are the instigators of interesting things.
Just to make sure you didn’t miss it before, I don’t offer these suggestions because you’re not interesting right now. You are! And if you’re an introvert, that’s totally okay.
But if you want to broaden your horizons, experiment with these tips. Following these suggestions will make it more likely that others will think of you and remark, “She’s such an interesting person!”
Always on your side,