To avoid boring people out when they ask a question like “What do you do?” try answering the question without really answering it.
Learning the nuances of the most basic social norms is something most people don’t give much thought to.
In college, I remember spending a lot of time contemplating how to respond to that weird “Hey, how are you?” exchange that happens when you pass someone you know. Most of the time, they say “Good, how are you?” and don’t even listen as they walk past. Responding with “Good, thanks” is a necessary but useless response.
- Passionate Explanation
- Bait Answer
- Absurd Answer
- Joking Lie
- Straight Answer
- Devaluing Answer
- Field Answer
- The Asshole Answer
How do you make those interactions more interesting and less awkward?
I took the time to figure that out, and it helped a lot.
The same goes for the question, “What do you do?”
It will also come in other forms.
“What do you do for work?”
“What do you do for a living?”
“Where do you work?”
Your answer won’t change much, regardless. As long as you understand the basic root of what they’re asking, answering is simple.
So, what’s going on when someone asks “What do you do?” and how do you respond to it in a way that makes you interesting and cool?
Here are nine ways to do it without giving the typical, boring answer of what you actually do.
First, let’s go over why it’s boring to tell girls what you do – most of the time.