The Worst Kind of Snub: The Public Snub

If social interaction is a continuum, on one end there are people who are painfully fake, too slick, easy to spot in a crowd, just look for them looking over the shoulder of the person they’re speaking to. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are, plug your ears, bitches – icicles that can’t be bothered to make nice with anyone. Somewhere in the middle, thank God, are genuine, friendly people.

Aspartame-y people (sweet, but fake – see what I did there?) are one thing to deal with, but innocuous. People that publically snub others are another challenge all together, because they make it awkward for everyone around. I’m horrible at remembering names (a flaw that I’ve lamented about) but I try not to let that shortcoming make those around me feel uncomfortable or awkward. We’ve all felt left out in a converstation at one time or another – so we can all related to have that feels.

There’s an art to making nice and giving good small talk. It makes others feel more comfortable and makes you look more graceful. Be warm. Be kind. Be curious. Be conversational. Be inclusive. Be humble, even if that means reintroducing yourself to the same person three times. Try a little. Being bitchy isn’t very becoming.

by Karen Cleveland
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  1. Sofija
    March 31, 2011

    Not enough people take the time to care about one another anymore. To empathize, listen or realize the importance of how far a smile can go. It takes more effort and discomfort to be rude than it does to include someone in a conversation, try to get to know them (even if for a few mintues), or show them that you at least respect them as a human being. Kindness is infectious. A great kind of infectious. So pass it on…

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