Re: too serious?
Here's my two cents.
Storytelling: Storytelling is given its color by details. Many people forget to use sensory details to make their stories more engaging. How did something smell? How did it look? How did it feel? Are you just pushing through the plotline without "stopping to smell the roses"? <<<use of metaphor is also a highly effective way to make your stories more engaging.
Takeaways: More sensory details, throw some metaphors in there and let the listeners figure them out.
Social Butterfly: What's your energy like when you're out now? Have you been more sedentary lately? A big reason guys get a little closed off is because they stop being active. When your body is sedentary your mind becomes sedentary as well. But if you were to engage your body before you go out, you'll find that your mind is more awake.
Takeaways: Do a couple sets of pushups and squats before going out, you don't have to go nuts with it, but enough to get your heart pumping and blood flowing. If you really want to get fun you can do a little dance in your room by yourself before you go out. I know it sounds a little weird but science shows that dancing by yourself (no matter how ridiculous or bad your dancing skills are) increases focus, and the physical activity lowers stress hormones and increases testosterone.
In short: When your body wakes up, so will your mind.
Hope that helps, bossman!
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