Reply To: Staying In The Interaction
Thanks for taking the time to write that reply, Eric. There’s some really good stuff in there.
I hadn’t considered that steps 1-3 are almost rejection proof (unless you’re seriously doing something wrong) so of course when I hit a bit of resistance the immediate assumption is that something is wrong. Turns out, this is just the nature of the beast.
This is both hopeful and a bit discouraging. A 90% rejection rating sounds like a true test of commitment. Which I see now is why the book puts so much focus on one’s own personal attitude and positive take away from each interaction.
Does this percentage change or is 9/10 interactions will not hook from here on out? That sounds difficult.
As for my script, if I’m walking around outside (which is easiest since my house is a few feet away from a heavily populated trail) my go to question is one of two:
“Hey! Do you know how far down this trail goes?”
“Cool, I’ve been trying to get out and explore the city more. I’ve lived here for years and I have no idea where this trail goes!”
-response or says nothing-
“Is (name of park) down that way?”
“Is that a good place to bring dogs? I’ve been thinking of getting a dog.”
This is usually where they seem like they want to leave and I let it go.
My other opener is:
“Hey! Is there somewhere around here to get a really good cup of coffee?”
-answer (usually points to starbucks)-
“That’s great but I’ve been really wanting to find a coffee place with a lot of character, know any of those?”
“I realized I’ve been living here for years and I don’t have a coffee shop I really like.”
-response or nothing-
“I would love to just read a good book at a cool coffee shop, read any good books lately?”
-response or usually starts to move away-
If in a market:
“Hey! Know anything about this?”
“I’ve been trying to cook new exiting things lately. Do you think X recipe would be any good?”
“I want to make something to bring to a dinner party. But maybe I should just get something already made, what would be good for a dinner party?”
-answer or doesn’t care and just says whatever-
“Do you like to cook?”
-response or loses interest-
I tried to take the things from the book and add a bit of a personal spin on it so it came out sounding more natural, but of course, please feel free to edit any/all of this. 🙂