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What do 'fine', 'okay', 'not too bad', 'all right', 'pretty good' and all other non-responses really mean? Absolutely nothing. They mean nothing because question that they answer usually means less than nothing.
'How are you', 'how're you doing', 'how's family' are meaningless punctuation. Most often person asking is not even looking at you - and rarely are they listening to your equally meaningless answer.
Yet, by hijacking that automatic question and giving a completely unexpected - and exciting answer - we can take control of a conversation. And more, force other person to think positively of us.
I could have said 'marvellous' or 'first-class' or 'absolutely splendid' or any number of positive, energizing statements. But I liked Charlotte's choice.
It is certainly true that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Let your first impression in any meeting, be brilliant!
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