Sure, Prince Philip’s main claim to fame is an unparalleled ability to say the wrong thing at the wrong time, but sixty years of meeting people presumably gives you a lot of practice at small talk. His strategy for making conversation? Never talk about yourself.
In an interview with the BBC celebrating Prince Philip’s 90th birthday, Prince Edward describes his father’s approach:
My father plain and simply is very modest about himself and doesn’t believe in talking about himself. One of his best pieces of advice he gives to everybody is talk about everything else, don’t talk about yourself – nobody’s interested in you.
Even if you’re not a royal, that’s sound advice — focusing on the other party in a conversation makes them feel more valued. For more ways to improve your conversation skills, check out our top 10 conversation hacks.