What To Say When You Hate Small Talk

Small talk is awkward and often boring, but networking is an essential skill. Fast Company suggests a few conversation starters and strategies for making new connections.

We've offered tips on turning small talk into a conversation before, including learning to ask relevant questions. Here are some of the questions Fast Company recommends you arm yourself with before any function when you're going to meet new people:

"What's keeping you busy when you're not at events like this or at work?" This question gives the encouragement necessary for the person to share his/her passions and outside interests. It is an excellent way to add some enthusiasm into a conversation that has hit a lull, especially if he/she would prefer to be doing that activity at that moment.

"Are you getting away this summer?" This question can lead to conversations about family, reveal special interests and, if you like talking about travel, it's a sure-fire way to keep a conversation interesting.

"How did you come to be in your line of work?" For some, the path to where they are today can be quite an interesting ordeal. Having a chance to revisit their story to success can leave helpful clues along the way as to who they are and what makes them tick.

Check out the full article for more suggestions, or share your own with us in the comments.

Hate Small Talk? These 5 Questions Will Help You Work Any Room [Fast Company]


    So, howsabout that local sporting franchise? They're really doing
    some great, er, sport, aren't they? I hate the "How was your
    weekend?" question on Monday mornings. You don't actually want to
    know and I don't want to tell you, so just stop it!

      I hate the sports question. I don't follow sports.

        @Max: Careful, I don't think you're allowed to say that. The IOC will getcha.

        That's the point of the "How bout that local sports team?" line. Particularly entertaining when you say it to someone else with no interest in sports and you both spend the next 10 minutes making stuff up.
        Less funny when they don't get the reference and actually talk about a local sports team.

        "Did you see that ludicrous display last night?"

          Of course, the problem with Arsenal is that they try to walk it into the back of the net.

            Careful...that kind of talk leads to bank robbery!

              I need to know how much is there Roy!

                Quick, someone dial 0118 999 881 999 119 7253

                  I put this thread on a pedal stool.

            What was Wenger thinking sending Walcott on that early?

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