There’s an interesting conversational style that seems to be growing in popularity in my office, and I thought it’d be a good idea to document it. It’s a quite clipped, brusque style, I find.
The first rule is to only initiate a conversation with a person if you believe they can do something for you or give you something. Make it clear that what you want, and that they have no option but to give it to you.
If at any point the conversation veers away from what it is that you want, use body language and facial expressions to communicate your distress. Cross your arms and make a face like you’ve just suddenly been fed a teaspoon of vinegar.
Quickly determine if the person you’re speaking to will, in fact, be useful to you. It it turns out they won’t, end the conversation immediately by simply saying, “Never mind,” and walking away.
This all sounds terribly rude. Well… it is. But! I can assure you that it is the style being adopted by some of the most successful people I’ve ever met. I mean, not that I’ve met them for long, but still!