How to Be Interesting

Simple Ways to Increase Your Personal Appeal

by David Gillespie , Mark Warren

Number of pages: 192

Publisher: Capstone

BBB Library: Communication, Personal Success

ISBN: 9780857084064

About the Authors

David Gillespie : David Gillespie is an actor, voice-over artist, keynote speaker and communications


Mark Warren : Mark Warren is a script writer, award-winning copywriter, and creative director


Editorial Review

In order to survive on a daily basis, you have to have the attention of someone and, on some days, a lot of people. This is purely functional, but the need seems to go beyond that. Why do you want people to take an interest in you? Do you actually need them to? We think so. We want to be interesting to others for many reasons. Socially, it’s important for us to be interesting so in order not to be left out and ignored. Domestically, we want to be interesting for some of the more basic reasons of love and comfort. In business, we want to be interesting to our colleagues and be part of the team, to our clients so they continue doing business with us, and to our superiors so we are not overlooked when it comes to promotion and pay rises. Being of interest for most people is a primary requirement for wellbeing.

Book Reviews

"Ms. Hagy started on, where she’s a weekly blogger, by creating a “How to Be Interesting” post that went viral, attracting 1.4 million viewers so far, with tens of thousands of them liking, linking, and tweeting the article." - Barnes and Noble

"It’s a “self-help” book about exploring yourself, exposing yourself to wild ideas, instead of being cynical why not be carefree like a child and about being open." -Word Press

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Wisdom to Share

To be interesting, it’s all about being engaging, appealing, and compelling.

People with a preference for extroversion are often considered good talkers.

People with a preference of introversion are often considered good listeners.

People who prefer sensing are more likely to trust information that is tangible and solid.

People who prefer intuition tend to trust information that is more abstract or theoretical.

People who prefer thinking often tend to decide things from a detached view based on logic and reason.

People who prefer feeling often reach decisions by associating or empathizing with the situation.

If you are attuned to the way a person is feeling, you are more likely to hold their interest than someone who is not receptive to what is happening beneath the surface.

Emotional intelligence (EQ or EI) is all about the ability to perceive control and evaluate our emotions.

If you want to develop good, healthy relationships with other human beings, you need to be genuinely interested.

Open questions encourage the other person to talk, to describe, to elaborate, to explore and to continue talking.

The better a communicator someone is, the more interesting they are likely to be.

One of the secrets of being a great communicator is a very simple skill. It’s called listening.

Giving someone your undivided attention = being interested in them = being interesting

Interesting people ask interesting questions.

Interesting people ask questions and find answers.

Having common interests makes us interesting to others.

To be interesting, we need to be able to communicate, interact, and connect with people.

To be interesting in a way that others will wish to connect with us, a close inspection of the image we portray is necessary.

We can all be interesting whatever the job and whether we work or not.

The “interesting” person is open to collaborative ways of working together and sharing any failures or successes.

If we set out to live an interesting life and be an interesting person, the first thing we have to do is start being interested in others and everything around us.