How was your trip?
Show me pictures!
Tell me everything!
No, no, and no.
While these are well-intended, they just don’t work. Not for the asker. Not for the answerer.
I’m barely 15 seconds into speaking about my trip and just swiping to picture #3 (of the most beautiful mountain you’ve ever seen, obviously) and there it is, that disinterested glaze in their eye. Ouch. Maybe I talk too much. Maybe they don’t care. Maybe both. Who really knows? But if you’re on the asking end of it and you want to cut to the good stuff, here are a few tips to keep everyone sane: