I blew a conversation today. You’d think at my age, I have it all figured out by now. But I don’t.
I was in Starbucks waiting for my latte when a woman remarked that she liked my scarf. I don’t wear them, she said, but that looks really good on you.
Thank you, I said.
So far, so good. My latte came and I went over to the counter where they have the nutmeg, lids and other goodies. The woman happened to be just putting the lid on her drink.
If you decide to get one for some one else, I said, and proceeded to tell her, in boring detail where the shop was, the name of the shop, how close it is to Super Store and how very inexpensive the scarves are there.
The one person I know who wears scarves, has lots, she said, and quickly left the store.
I do know how to handle a compliment. I have told myself about a hundred times. On the way out to the car, I reminded myself again:
If someone compliments you on something? Just say thank you. Leave it at that.
Unless they go on to ask you about the item. Then, you can say one something about it. Just two or three sentences at most.
The idea is to intrigue people into conversations. Not trap them.