Monday, 11 August 2014

How's it going?

Person asking Probable motive for asking The best way to answer (based on trial and error)
Stranger Wants to make small talk Going great, has its ups and downs. How's your day been?
Mother Wants to understand and take an interest in what I'm doing Pick a small part of my PhD work to explain using bakery-related analogies
Competitor Wants to find out if they're doing better than me yet Going great.
Friend Wants to encourage me or offer advice if they can Discuss current problems
Supervisor Wants to know how it's going Describe exactly and truthfully what I am currently doing in one sentence or less

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