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If you are discreet, then this will not apply to you. If, instead, you feel compelled to share the details of your private life to colleagues and new friends, you might was to considering holding your tongue. Most people do not want to hear the most intimate details. Save these stories for your mom, spouse, therapist, coach or long-time friend.

When someone asks you something, keep the answer short and simple without revealing too many details. If someone presses for more detail, simply say “that is a personal question.” Don’t spill your guts – it isn’t professional. As relationships develop you can consider sharing more important parts of your past. Err on the side of not telling everything. Instead, be interested not interesting – interested in other people instead of being interesting.

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