Reading broadly is a great conversation starter
Have you ever been at a cocktail party and didn’t have much to contribute to the conversation? If you read broadly, and not only just books, you will always have something to talk about and contribute to the conversation.
Many of you who read this blog regularly know that I’m an introvert, and I’m also shy. I do better in one-to-one conversations than in groups. A few months ago, I was at a cocktail party that a friend hosted. A gentleman came up to me and started talking, so I asked him what he does for a living, and he replied that he builds aircrafts. I was able to engage and have a meaningful conversation because I had researched and written about the Wright Brothers who are credited with inventing the airplane.
I have also written about Amelia Earhart whose aircraft was lost and have never been found. I wrote about Charles Lindbergh who made the first non-stop transatlantic flight from New York to Paris. One of the ways you can learn a little about a lot of people is to read the profiles of wisdom that are featured each Wednesday on The Invisible Mentor blog.
Reading books are also important because you can discuss the big ideas, new ways of doing things, you can honestly recommend books for others to read and the list goes on and on. For instance, one of the books that will likely be popular this summer is Divergent by Veronica Roth. If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, you’ll be blown away by Divergent, which is Part One of the trilogy. Stay tuned for my review. Part Two, Insurgent (Divergent) will be out in May 2012.
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