Small talk gets a lot of backlash; most people seem to think they’re too important to discuss the weather. It’s true that some small talk can feel shallow or boring, but it serves an important purpose. That’s why everyone should learn how to do it well.
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In this episode we're talking about the lost art of conversation-making. Joining us is podcaster and raconteur Ken Plume, who has conducted extensive interviews with the likes of Mel Brooks and John Cleese. We discuss how Ken got his start feeling comfortable talking to just about anyone, how he handles the awkwardness of a cocktail party (hint: It involves a fern) - and then we invent an acronym that will help you handle any conversational challenge. (Sort of.)
Small talk will never not be awkward, because to get to know someone you have to ask some fraught questions. Some questions should stay off-limits, but it's almost always fair game to ask, "So what do you do for a living?" Still, answering it can be a pain in the arse.
You go to networking events to meet people, but how do you remember them after you head home after a few glasses of wine? Remembering names can be difficult all on its own. When you meet a ton of people at the same time, that problem only gets worse. However, there are a few things you can do to help make sure you remember everyone you meet and all that small talk and handshaking doesn't go to waste.
Small talk should be about making connections and having conversations that go beyond "Hi, how're you?" Getting beyond those default starters can be tough, so here are seven tips that can help you have more engaging conversations with anyone.
Making small talk is one of those things that no one likes, but everyone has to do. Kalina Silverman decided to ditch the tradition and dive straight into a big question instead. It's one of the most effective ways to get over the discomfort of small talk.
Talking to strangers is a great way to expand your horizons, learn something new, and make new friends. If you're not a social butterfly, though, the process can be intimidating. Here are some tips to get you started.
Asking questions is a great way to start an engaging conversation. Ask too many questions, however, and your conversation starts to feel more like an interrogation. To avoid this, author Ramit Sethi suggests the "question, question, statement" method.
When you're making conversation with someone, the more interested you can be in what they're saying, the better. Sometimes it can be hard to muster interest. If you need a little motivation, turn it into a detective game.