People ask me all the time how I get to do all the wild things I do. I'm a girl of many passions and find it hard to be pigeon-holed, so I finally said... "screw it!" What makes me interesting is that I DO SO MANY THINGS! I struggle with focus but learned to make that my best asset and see opportunities in EVERYTHING.
How can I present myself as interesting without sounding like a pompous ass? What if I really don't do anything THAT extraordinary? What if I'm a total introvert or just don't feel comfortable advertising how amazing I am?
...Is that you already ARE interesting.
However, should you be one of those amazing-but-silent types, Here are 8 ways you might try to boost your value even more. Maybe you're implementing some of these already, but the path to "Interesting" is to constantly broaden your knowledge and curiosity.
Doesn't matter what this is or what your interest is, but try to pick up books/magazines/audio books/podcasts that strengthen you knowledge on a particular topic that others can relate to. I obviously can't condone arguing with people about politics or religion, but the more you know, the better you can back up your case. Alternatively, if you are a huge Shakespeare fan or travel reader, get into it and learn alot! make sure it's something you're passionate about because when you engage in conversation, your enthusiasm will immediately come through, which makes people buy into how interesting you are.
2. TRAVEL SOMEWHERE
This one is easier said than done, I get it, but there are two ways of doing this: Travel somewhere everybody and their mother HAS been, or travel somewhere everyone and their mother HASN'T been. The former is fun because the person you are talking to may have been there, which can lengthen conversation and you can get excited about a place together and become RELATABLE. The latter is cool because you can get someone excited about going to a new place. Just be cognisant that they can't participate much in this conversation so know when to move on and not tell every story of every meal you had there (unless they ask).
3. SAY "YES"
Do it! I know Netflix and...sweatpants sounds amazing sometimes. But even if you feel like staying in one evening, say yes and go out. Or say yes to something you never thought you'd say yes to. Its pretty cool to let loose and see what happens (please be safe while doing this! I do not mean go be reckless!). But going somewhere new, maybe you'll meet someone awesome, try something new, or feel more confident "yes" to something else!
4. HAVE AN OPINION...AND DEFEND IT CONGENIALLY
Feel strongly about something? You have every right too! The hard part can be to defend or discuss it in an intelligent way with someone who disagrees with you, especially if it is something very controversial...like Crossfit or the Paleo Diet...(which I don't necessarily recommend talking about in most public or social situations). But if you have an opinion about something that can be turned into an interesting conversation, then having differing opinions or new opinions might just be the thing that you are remembered for!
5. JOIN A GROUP WHERE YOU DON'T KNOW ANYONE (OR KNOW VERY FEW PEOPLE)
Having to be in a situation where you have to practice presenting yourself to new is the best! The Pros? You "pitch" yourself over and over again and have to usually explain why your there and interested in whatever group you're attending. Also, if it's THAT bad, you never have to see these people again. It's great to be pushed outside your comfort zone and practice getting people interested in you.
6. LEARN ALOT ABOUT SOMETHING STEROETYPICALLY "CLASSY"
Craft Beer. Wine. Cigars. Whiskey. Doesn't have to be an alcohol but since drinks are common in so many situations, its cool to be the person that can be the Go-to for a drink recipe or food pairing. People will be interested. I promise.
7. INTRODUCE YOURSELF FIRST
You are instantly seen as confident, bold, and interested in the other people around you. I am notorious for doing this (on planes, at parties, at races, while traveling...but it's a slam-dunk for making an impression every time and I still have amazing friends I've met in the most random places)
TIP: Open with a question and use a firm handshake!
8. BE PROUD OF WHATEVER WORK YOU DO
The most confident people are proud of what they do. Doesn't matter if you think it's amazing or not (although I hope you kinda like what you do!). If you can speak about it with some passion and play up the positive aspects of how amazing you are at it (without full on gloating), it's interesting! It also shows that you have authority and an awesome skill or two.
Let me know what you do to make yourself interesting! The possibilities are endless here and I will absolutely release more! I love seeing people be bold, brave, and presenting themselves as such. Sadly, MOST people don't! If you have any doubts about HOW to present yourself online or in-person as interesting, valuable, and worthy of amazing opportunities. You can check out my page here to see if you'd like to level up your game!