Source: The Zman blog, Jul 2018
A good way to stop yourself from being that guy is to always invite others to tell their story or comment on the topic of conversation.
The first thing you notice about boring people is they never seem to have a point to their stories and anecdotes. When telling a story in a social setting, you should always have a point. No one cares about what you had for lunch, unless it was something bizarre or unusual.
What’s important is you have some reason for telling the story. This is a courtesy to the listener. By having a point, you are showing respect to the listener, whether it it by sharing information with them or making them laugh with an amusing story.
Another way to avoid being the boring guy everyone avoids is to never tell a story that requires a back story.
The boring also have a funny habit of talking over people. They ignore the little things others do to signal to the the boring that they need to stop talking.