Comfort Zones

Whenever I meet someone new I usually get and give a 30-second elevator pitch as a sort of introductory habit. I’ve found this phenomenon has lots of pros and cons. It’s great because you get a quick glimpse into who someone is and what they do for a living.
Text by Jorge Arauz, Editor in Chief. Photo by Chantal Lawrie | June 16, 2018 | Lifestyle

On the other hand, you can’t really get a meaningful idea of who a person really is and what drives them within such a brief timeframe. I’ve recently made it a point to take conversations with new people I meet a little further by asking personal questions. Where are you from? Tell me about your family. Your friends. Where do you currently live and why is that area perfect for you? What are your goals for life outside of work. Biggest regrets? What’s next? What I’ve found is that most people are a lot more willing to share their lives, outlooks, hopes and dreams than you might think — even in professional settings. When I first started in the magazine industry, I learned a very valuable lesson as it relates to editorial content: People like people. The same can be said about real-life social interactions. So next time you shake hands with a stranger, go beyond the elevator pitch and probe a little further. You might be surprised at what you learn. And as an added bonus, you might make a new friend or two in the process.
Jorge Arauz

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