Why don’t airline passengers, sitting inches apart for hours on end, utter a single word to one another? Most likely, because we assume that the other person doesn’t want to talk and we rather not risk annoying anyone.
Since the ups and downs of air travel always pique our interest, we were drawn in by a recent New York Times article written by Jeff Kaye, a co-C.E.O. of the executive search firm Kaye/Bassman-Sanford Rose Associates and C.E.O. of the recruiting training company, Next Level Exchange. Since the 1990s, Jeff has been contradicting the assumption that our seat mates don’t want to engage. In fact, he says, about 90% of people DO like to chat and share. Since Jeff travels all the time and all around the world for business, he makes a regular habit of greeting fellow passengers and asking a few polite questions. In addition to interesting company, he’s been rewarded with advice, recommendations and anecdotes that made the trip fly and in many cases left him a little bit smarter.
Next time you’re on a plane, say hello to your seat mate. You never know where the conversation will take you. Read the entire story here: http://ht.ly/t21aq