Happy New Year Everyone! Here's to another year of social skill improvement!
Remember the elderly woman in those Frank’s RedHot ads? Her name is Jean Hamilton and she rose to fame for saying, “I put that shit on everything!” When it comes to opinions, be like Jean is with RedHot sauce. The fate of your small talk relies on free-flowing information and opinions. Don’t succumb to a passive mindset when it comes to offering opinions—be proactive and freely offer your opinions and observations (especially if they’re non-offensive and about more trivial topics). Don’t hold back your opinion or wait to be asked.
Exaggerate. Dramatize. Consider what a chatbot would say—and then say more. Most people won’t ask your opinion. Don’t wait for the other person to ask. Initiate the conversation with your feelings and preferences. Are you going to a concert Friday night? Let people know how much you’re looking forward to it. Just saw the concert? Initiate a conversation by telling about your experience. Did it disappoint? Was it better than expected? Was it similar to something else? Share your experiences and stories. If you just saw a movie, what was your favorite scene? Was it better than the book? Why do you love going to movies?
Does the chocolate cake at the restaurant look good? Or does it look like a five-year-old baked it? Then say so! Express how you feel about it. If you order the cake, go beyond saying “This chocolate cake looks good.” Use an exaggeration to make the point more interesting. “A day that includes chocolate is a good day.” Take it even further by saying, “I think I may have an addiction—someone may have to stop me before I order three more slices.” Fun is contagious! Catching your playfulness, perhaps the other person replies, “Maybe you should find a rehab center specializing in cocoa addiction.” To which you could respond “Well, admitting you’re an addict is the first step toward recovery, right?”
Have something positive, playful, or complimentary to say about the other person?
Humans are fascinated with the biggest, best, worst, etc. The Guinness Book of World Records is popular for a reason. Incorporate more hyperbole, definitive, categorical, and absolute statements.
Check out a few more examples:
I love it there—they have the best fitting rooms.
Is there anything more delicious/grotesque than a greasy Philly Cheesesteak sandwich from a food truck? If there is, I haven't found it yet.
They have ____ here? This place wins. This place is my new favorite diner.
That is the worst character on TV. Everything he does is illogical.
That was probably the wimpiest moment of my life.
Again, adding opinions and support to bland, factual statements, can instantly make them more multi-dimensional and entertaining. If you make an observation, “They’re selling Laffy Taffy over there,” follow up with a fun, exaggerated opinion, “And they have strawberry! That’s the best flavor—I could eat a whole bag right now.”
Opinions about other people and the nuances of human behavior constitute a large area that is ripe for opinions. For example:
I think all kids should join at least one sport.
Aunt Betty has the craziest laugh.
The project at work should be managed by Bill instead of Bob
I think my girlfriend should keep her hair long.
Justin’s probably going to be late.
Your cat is not going to enjoy getting his flea medicine.
You always make the best cookies.
You’re going to love the new coffee they have now.
Stay social, my friends.
P.S. I'm not posting as much on my site because I'm working on my book about how to be funny. Stay tuned!