As we’re entering the summer travel season, the subject of vacation is sure to crop up in conversation: at dinner parties, at the office, at a business lunch.
Wouldn’t it be nice not to bore everyone to tears? Why yes, it would. A few years back, I wrote a story about how to tell a good vacation story. I wrote it because I was really tired of hearing meandering stories about lost luggage, rooms with crappy views, and literal blow-by-blow accounts of food poisoning.
That’s not to say that I always tell a great story — I have sometimes realized in horror that that the story I’m in the midst of telling has no point and isn’t very interesting. At that point, I believe it’s a kindness to change the subject. Abruptly.
Anyway, as you’re trying on your bathing suits and breaking out the flip-flops, here’s how to tune up your storytelling skills.