I’m the development shrink. I know you’re frustrated by how much I ask you to prepare on your own. Particularly when there are so very many folks on the web who will just give you lists of “great conversation starters for networking.”
Just remember how many lists Cosmopolitan magazine puts out into the world. 100 ways to please your man, surprise your man, keep him happy in bed, etc. If anything were that simple, such magazines would be out of business. They’re not revealing the secrets of the universe.
Listen to me carefully: if you go to a party with a memorized list of conversation starters and roll through them, that’s exactly what it will sound like. Do you want to be known as the person who was trying so hard/was so horribly socially awkward/etc. that they memorized conversation starters to get through the holiday bagel reception?
But Cosmo keeps selling those magazines…and it’s because people WANT them.
So I’m willing to give you what you want, too. Read more