Episode 06 – Ryan

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I literally cannot think of a title for this blog post regarding today’s episode. Ryan, today’s guest, brought such a variety of topics with her, that picking a title or focal point seems too trite.  Our conversation reminded me of why I started the podcast. Just for the sake of transparency, here are some the topics we discuss: her book club, math stuff, first date funny stories, living with your significant other, her weight loss journey, food prep and so much more.

Anyways, in my day-to-day life I have 1 or 2 long (30 minute +) conversations with people that I have just met or people I have met, but only spoken to briefly.  So I thought, why not turn this into a podcast. This episode with Ryan reminded me of those conversations. Everything we discussed, minus the weird date she went on, I heard for the first time and it was awesome! I do, however, want to apologize for the mic pops in this one, I’m still learning how to balance and edit audio.

I would like to drop a bit of knowledge on you. Did you know that human beings sync their brains in conversation? Yes. We. Sync. Our. BRAINS! (Read more about the study here.) So, I challenge you…or at least some of you…to try and have a conversation with someone you don’t know too well.  But what if you hate new people?

Well, stop doing that – new people aren’t too bad. So strike up a conversation and make it about anything interesting. Just genuinely try to get to know them. Ask about hobbies, family, goals, dreams, etc. They might think you’re a weirdo, so maybe venture outside of the workplace if this is new to you.  You might be wondering why you would do this. Well, I believe that all people are interesting and have interesting stories. It’s also been shown that deep personal interactions are good for health (see study here).

For instance, I met a guy at work the other day (trying to get him on the podcast) who told me one of the craziest journey’s to get his current job.  I was blown away and he told me that nobody knew this about him.  When I asked why, he told me that our conversation was one of the longest conversations of substance he has had. Granted, I work in a heavy tech environment, so personality types may play into this, but still…I bet you work with some interesting people. It’s simply a matter of learning more about them.

So, try to meet some new people, have some good conversations and most importantly, don’t take it too seriously and just have fun. Thanks for reading and listening. Enjoy your weekend!

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