How to win friends and influence people.....say nothing

The excessive focus on ‘Instant Impact,’, ‘Personal Branding’ etc. have skewed focus away from the fact that a fantastic way to make an instant impact, sell brand ‘You!’… get on with people, is saying absolutely nothing bar the odd ‘What?’, ‘Who?’, ‘Why?’, ‘Where?’ and ‘How?’.  Your only required verbal contribution being occasional – non porny - ‘Mmmmmms’, and ‘Oooooooos!’.

When they eventually pause for breath, off you go.   And if they don’t, don’t worry; annoying acquaintance avoided.