This week’s word is…
We don’t throw dinner parties in our house but I do love to play the fantasy dinner guests game – who, living or dead would you most like to have at a dinner party?
I think most people would hope for a deipnosophist! Is there a worse feeling than being stuck next to someone who is so boring you spend the evening trying to think of ways to escape?
I like to think I am a good conversationalist. I hope I am!
I think being interested in people and asking open questions about things that are important to them is an excellent way to break the ice. I often come away from a chat knowing so much about the person I have been talking to because I genuinely like to find out about people.
What else makes a good conversationalist? Along with being interested in others, a broad knowledge is a plus, as is a sense of humour.
And having the ability to hold people’s interest is key. I do love people who can tell a story well. My father in law, bless him, can make the shortest story into an epic, with detours and segues that are impossible to follow. It has made for torturous meals at gatherings, although these days we all just make surreptitious eye contact and suppress giggles as we wait for him to finish.
Most Irish people are very good at spinning a tale, which probably comes as no surprise. We have a long and rich history of being story tellers and oral history played a key role in our culture.
Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party? Can I come?!
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