Small talk is under estimated and thought to be trivial in so many instances. However, in truth, “small talk” can be the beginning and the end to a career, a relationship and even helpful when you try flirting with that hot babe at work!
Have you ever walked into a job interview and felt extremely uncomfortable? Think about this; you may have been nervous because of the process, however your uncomfortable spirit was probably uneasy because of the conversation. There’s a possibility, you would have become more confident if you knew how to start that interview with small talk and ended it the same way. Obviously, you’ll always have to be professional when speaking to a potential employer; and that person interviewing you may never once make you feel secure in your answers.
Try making that person in charge feel at ease. Tell the interviewer, “I appreciate you taking time for me today”. A little remark such as this can be a huge compliment for that person. There have been times that I’ve said that to someone and they decided to elaborate, only because they felt complimented. Also, tell that person in the middle of the interview, “Although I’m a bit nervous, I appreciate how you’ve made this a little easier”. Most people that are genius at interviewing know how to read body language and decipher what your answers really do mean. However, if you make small talk intertwined with small compliments, you’ll begin to make major impacts.
Today I decided to list my favorite small talk topics for starting a conversation. Just goes to show you that you don’t need to complicate things whenever you find yourself in a situation that you’ve had to make small talk, and it becomes one of the most difficult conversations to keep going. Most people find it to be an arduous chore because they feel they lack good conversational skills or they may be intimidated by someone who is more educated then they are. Whatever your reasons, a little preparation and confidence will help you appear more friendly and open during these difficult social situations.
Begin by putting yourself out there in social settings, like a physician’s office, cocktail parties and business meetings. There you can practice your conversational skills and gain experience in making small talk.
The following are five proven small talk topics that will help you get the conversation started and aid you in connecting with a wide circle of people. Read More
Looking to improve your skills at socializing and small talk? It’s easier than you think. I used to hate making small talk – it ranked right up there with hospital visits and telemarketers – but that was before I really examined my technique and learned the basics of a back-and-forth conversation. Once you understand those, small talk is nothing to fear!
Here are the six most useful tips I’ve found for succeeding at small talk. I hope they can help you as they’ve helped me. Read More