How to Be Interesting: (In 10 Simple Steps)

By Jessica Hagy

You want to leave a mark, not a blemish. Be a hero, not a spectator. You want to be interesting. (Who doesn't?) But sometimes it takes a nudge, a wake-up call, an intervention!--and a little help. This is where Jessica Hagy comes in. A writer and illustrator of great economy, charm, and insight, she's created How to Be Interesting, a uniquely inspirational how-to that combines fresh and pithy lessons with deceptively simple diagrams and charts.

Ms. Hagy started on, where she's a weekly blogger, by creating a "How to Be Interesting" post that went viral, attracting 1.4 million viewers so far, with tens of thousands of them liking, linking, and tweeting the article. Now she's deeply explored the ideas that resonated with so many readers to create this small and quirky book with a large and universal message. It's a book about exploring: Talk to strangers. About taking chances: Expose yourself to ridicule, to risk, to wild ideas. About being childlike, not childish: Remember how amazing the world was before you learned to be cynical. About being open: Never take in the welcome mat. About breaking routine: Take daily vaca- tions . . . if only for a few minutes. About taking ownership: Whatever you're doing, enjoy it, embrace it, master it as well as you can. And about growing a pair: If you're not courageous, you're going to be hanging around the water cooler, talking about the guy that actually is.


EXCERPTS: The Art of War Visualized

Posted May 14, 2015, 9:00 AM with category of Innovation & Creativity
Jessica Hagy has taken Sun Tsu's classic and put her illustrative slant on it. The result is The Art of War Visualized. Read more

STAFF PICKS: How to Be Interesting

Posted April 5, 2013, 4:59 PM with category of Personal Development & Human Behavior
This week, Dylan and I went to go see Jessica Hagy speak at the wonderful Lynden Sculpture Garden. Hagy, an ex-advertising copywriter who now creates doodles and charts with keen observations on people and the situations they find themselves in, presented a summary of her "10 Simple Steps" from her new book How to Be Interesting (In 10 Simple Steps). After enjoying her previous book Indexed, which consisted solely of pages of charts and minimal commentary, I was curious what her presentation might consist of. Read more


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Publisher Workman Publishing
Publish date 03/19/2013
Pages 272
ISBN-13 9780761174707
ISBN-10 0761174702
Language English

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