In the podcast "How To Engage Your Seatmate" it is suggested that these steps be used through methods of transit including the subway. While the underlying principle of engaging people wherever you are is the ethical professional way to handle oneself, I am not certain on how to change my approach in these scenarios.
I ride the city bus quite frequently. As such I am usually sharing my seat with someone. While I should engage everyone without discrimination, I find that these scenarios tend to include a higher percentage of unemployed individuals in which these questions might seem inappropriate.
How should I be adjusting my behavior to maintain professionalism without being inappropriate.