Imagine yourself at a dinner "stuck" next to someone who is rambling on about something you have no interest in. "How can this person be so boring?" you wonder as your eyes glaze over. "Why do I have to listen to this drivel?" you ask yourself as you hunker down for a painful hour and a half.
Channeling a more open mindset can transform a boring encounter into an interesting one. It's up to you, not your dinner companion, to make the most of it.