Lara Nieberding

The Purple Lara

Beautiful weather we are having…

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Who recommended: Lynne Waymon


What I am reading: Make Your Contacts Count (Networking Know-How For Business and Career Success) by Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon

Where in the book: page 126


Why I am reading: Learning how to network. Cause believe me, I have no CLUE!


Which quote: “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it…As with other ritual topics, if you are Seriously Curious, the weather can become interesting.”


How this quote adjusted my thinking:

WOW! This is so cool. I had never considered making the topic of weather “interesting.”  I used to think if the conversation drifted to talking about weather that it was a polite cue to move along.  Thinking back, I can remember a couple of times where I was thinking “I wish I knew how to engage this conversation.”  I also remember a conversation where I used this tool.

I was at the food store when I bumped into a neighbor I had not seen in awhile.  We went through the ritual greeting:


“How are you?”

“What have you been up to?”

Then, she said “It’s a beautiful day today.”

To which I responded “I know! and we are stuck at the food store! I bet you wish you were home enjoying your pool.”

The conversation blossomed.  I learned she had not “officially” opened her pool because she was going on vacation. I also learned a little bit about how much work goes into preparing the pool for swimming.  She told me when her pool would be ready and invited me over for a pool play date with our families. (Which, by the way, was wonderful!)

I am going to apply this technique in my professional interactions, too.  Obviously this technique is successful because I remembered the conversation with my neighbor.

Written by The Purple Lara

May 21, 2008 at 9:00 AM

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