4 Hacks to Describe Your Situation

(c) Mrs Julia Rhys; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

“Alors , que faites-vous pour le travail ?”

You know the feeling. You’re are in a social situation with someone you don’t know very well, and you are forced into the futile but inevitable small talk.

“Soooo, what do you do for a living?”

“Sooooo, what are you studying?”

“Soooo, what’s your story?”

Ick, we’d rather talk about the weather.

There will always be a really vapid question, about what you do, what you study or any intricate detail about your life that you do’t want to answer. Maybe your career is not where you would like it to be, or the course you study is not very impressive, or you are currently unemployed. Maybe you live in a shoebox but want to be in the mansion.

Here are some key choice phrases you can use to describe your current situation.

And second bit of advice. Get as far away from people who can only offer meaningless small talk. Small talk is for small timers. Better to stand in silence and say nothing at all, then to play a game of conversational horn blowing.

Here are five ways to describe yourself

  1. “Citizen of the world” (matrix answer= homeless)

Common questions that prelude this answer.

Where are you from?

Why did you choose to live here, in (x) country?

Which area do you live in?

2. Entrepreneur (matrix answer=jobless)

Common questions that prelude this answer.

What do you do for a living?

So are you just a (x)?

Is this all that you do?

3. In the school of life (matrix answer= uneducated)

Common questions that prelude this answer.

What are you studying?

Where did you go to school?

Why did you choose that course?

Why are you studying something that has no chance of making you employable?

Why are you studying that, it’s a dying field?

4. Wealthy (matrix word= poor)

This word often gets thrown around in a self deprecating way by the speaker themselves. They say, “I want to go to this place but I’m broke.” Or “there’s no way a poor lady like myself can come out to dinner tonight”

Watch that negative phrasing.

Wealth is subjective. You can be spiritually, emotionally, physically, intellectually (add anything else intangible) wealthy, but financially poor. And vice versa.

Common sheep equate wealth with money, but money is so far off of the mark. You are always wealthy, even if you only have 5c in your bank account.

What’s your opinion on small talk, and shallow questions?

Image Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/french-people-talking-and-drinking. Artist: Cosmo Clark (1953)


One thought on “4 Hacks to Describe Your Situation

  1. Kaushal's Perspectivism says:

    Very well said. Also, you have described the selective hacks that are really very useful. And, what I believe is that We can only achieve success if we keep on trying and that’s only possible if we keep on improving ourselves. Thanks for sharing such uplifting thoughts. I’ve written a series of articles – don’t hurt yourself, which deals with the difficult questions we face. Yesterday, I wrote its last post that summarizes my work. Please spare your sometime, if time allows you.

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