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People love to talk about themselves, so if you want to stand out, create a way for them to do so. As Vanderblumen tells mindbodygreen, ask them questions, and ask them questions about what they like.
Great questions like “What is your greatest accomplishment?” can feel threatened, he explains, while questions about their favorite book, best vacation or childhood hero will be met with a smile and a story.
“[Questions like these] free the person from having to invent a better answer, and they can just talk about what they really like,” says Vanderblumen.
He also notes that this is a good way to tell if you’re dealing with someone who is self-absorbed, because if they don’t answer questions, that’s a red flag.