Life of the Party
I know talking about people's children, their jobs (the profoundly upsetting coworker, the fascinating project), and gossiping about mutual friends can seem like all there is to the world . . . but there is another topic or two out there.
Blow Their Minds
Surprise your friends with more than amari and savory desserts at your next holiday party--introduce an interesting topic they might not know much about.
Explore TED (Ideas Worth Spreading) and select a few videos to study. While you're watching, note the presentation styles (they might serve you well back in the work front, but do NOT mention that at your party). Often provocative, sometimes moving, the talks have a way of sticking in your mind.
For Visual Thinkers
Party's tonight? Limit your choices exclusively to those 3 minutes in length, like this one:
Anyone can watch a clip online, but it takes something special to go the next level. Come to the library and augment your newfound knowledge. Read a whole tome or just skim to get the details you need to keep the conversation going.
See what's available in the library now by these featured TED speakers: Chris Abani, Isabel Allende, Karen Armstrong, Robert Ballard, Janine Benyus, John Gerzema, Lisa Margonelli, Stephen Palumbi, Sheryl WuDunn, or Nora York.
Remember this is just a small, random(ish) sampling of further materials available to you.
Extra Credit: Apply What You Learn Towards Making an Appetizer
Whip up a conversation-starting appetizer. Yum!
Carine Risley loves not being bored at parties.