Palate Pleasures – Beware of the X

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Some of us have the gift of the gab, and the rest of us do not (except maybe after a few alcoholic beverages).

Everyone knows someone who can talk the leg off a chair. Maybe it’s in the form of an ability to match a story or anecdote to any situation in life; maybe it’s just an uncanny ability to sustain a conversation.

There are those who possess this ‘gift’ and sometimes, perhaps, we wish that they didn’t … when the clock is ticking and we’re running late for work, maybe. Or, if it’s the same old story we may possibly have heard several times before …

There are those of the ilk mentioned above, and then there are those in a whole different league … they are a far rarer breed, but you know them when you see them. There’s just something about them that you can’t put your finger on – something which in the realm of reality TV, you would refer to as an ‘X factor’.

In fact, for the purposes of this article, I am going to refer to them as ‘X’.

Captivating, beguiling, persuasive, seductive (and no I’m not referring here to someone who holds purely physical charms, they can be either sex, and their allure is equally commanding over both genders).

There’s something about these people that will make you do anything they want. They seem to have an uncanny ability to pierce through all the layers and arrive right at your soul, where they somehow appeal directly to your finest of human sensibilities …

These are powerful people. Somehow they have found a way to get what they want, to make the rest of humanity happily acquiesce to their will. Occasionally they are not aware of the power they possess, although usually they are.

Many are naturally, genetically blessed with such gifts – such charisma is a genuine manifestation of human warmth and can’t be taught. You either have it or you don’t. It cannot be faked – it is an intrinsic understanding of other human beings, combined with a real interest in people.

Those around such people feel an instant connection with them and trust them implicitly. Hence the desire to do anything to please them …

Coming across such captivating examples of humanity in the course of our daily lives is usually a wonderful thing. They’re the sort of people we gush to our family, and friends about, “Oh, I met this great bloke/really nice lady/lovely young girl today; we had a fantastic chat etc etc”.

It can cheer us up infinitely to really connect with a random stranger in this way, giving us a sort of renewed faith in humanity.

People with this special gift for endearing others to them can be found in all walks of life. Usually they are very successful at whatever it is they do, as their positive outlook, warmth and subsequent natural persuasiveness invite all kinds of promotion and opportunity within their given vocation.

They are always an asset to their organisation, but there is one area of danger that exists for the unsuspecting customer in a SALES environment when they come across such a rare type …

They can sell oil to an Arab, bread to a baker, beer to a brewery …

An ‘X’ in a sales role will convince you to buy anything and everything they have on offer. Before you know it, your credit card will be swiped for an exorbitant amount and you will be the proud owner of … stuff.

Stuff you might have wanted, stuff you might not have wanted. Stuff you had never really imagined in your wildest dreams, stuff you swore blind you would never buy, stuff you would actually refuse if it was given to you for free.

Such is the danger of Type X in a restaurant, the ‘X’ waiter and the ‘X’ sommelier. An encounter with this ‘X’ will imbue you with such a warm, fuzzy glow that you won’t know which way is up and which way down.

You will see the world through such rose-colored glasses, and the carnivorous inner being may prevail (regardless of the fact that you are vegetarian) or suddenly you have acquired an interest in very exclusive Bordeaux wines because you have recently acquired appreciation for fine wine.

By all means have a lovely chat in the queue at Coles with an X, or at the bus stop, or crowded pub. But run for your life if you encounter one in their chosen field if it means handing over cash!

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