By mistake, I noticed something that seemed strange to me.
I was an afternoon in a branded clothes store. As I surged, I pass by a group of girls and ask them:
-Is this the department with the women’s clothing?
–Yes, they replied.
-I want to get something as a gift. Is there anything good?
And they answered me. Like asking a salesperson. Hmm, I thought, they simply replied with no routines. I immediately opened the group and without trying and especially without saying anything else. They immediately answered.
So I was going out a few afternoons to try this. It worked, but sometimes this is not socially acceptable.
So I added “excuse me” and I did it this way:
-Excuse me… [pause], I would like an opinion on something…. [pause]…. blah blah blah.
I add the “excuse me” part because it is socially accepted as something to say when talking to a stranger. Pauses did not come to make you a mystery man, but to give them time to accept you and understand better what you want.