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The art of small talk? Care to give us some tips?

Do you know any techniques to small talk. Please give me some tips. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 2301/20/2013


by Anonymousreply 101/19/2013

Find something you have in common, or some type of common interests.

by Anonymousreply 201/19/2013

I've got to buy me a dressy dress. The one that I have is such a mess. (Small talk!)

Who will you vote for next election? How do you like my stamp collection? (Small talk!)

I've got something better for your lips to do. And that takes no talk at all.

by Anonymousreply 301/19/2013

People have plenty of things they want to talk about, given the opportunity. Offer yourself as someone someone can talk to. If you do this well, your problem turns into how you can get people to leave you alone.

by Anonymousreply 401/19/2013

"Who will you vote for next election?"

That's the exact opposite of 'small talk'. Wow.

by Anonymousreply 501/19/2013

The news of the day. Current events. The topics are endless.

by Anonymousreply 601/19/2013


by Anonymousreply 701/19/2013

Say to one and all when introduced:

"So happy to meet you I could drop a log!"

With enthusiasm, OP, so they know you mean it.

by Anonymousreply 801/19/2013

Non-controversial current events and "human interest" stories.

The non-existent girlfriend of the football player, the miracle dog found three thousand miles from home, Lance and Oprah, your most recent vacation, the weather/traffic/real estate trends/etc.

Think small, OP.

by Anonymousreply 901/19/2013

Is it rude to ask someone what they do for a living? And how do you best phrase that question so as to seem genuinely interested but not rude?

by Anonymousreply 1001/19/2013

My favorite opener - "How was your day?" Show a genuine interest in the other person. Ask questions which cannot be answered yes or no. For example, rather than saying "Nice sweater," ask a question about it like, "Did you buy it locally? I've been looking for something like that for my cousin's birthday."

Talking about the weather is a cliche, but it's non controversial and usually works. I stay totally away from anything political.

by Anonymousreply 1101/19/2013

With Americans it is considered fine to immediately ask people what they do for a living, not so much with Europeans.

by Anonymousreply 1201/19/2013

Be interested. Ask starter questions such as "how do you know so and so" or "when did you become interested in"? People love to talk about themselves. They will give you plenty of cues. Save debate and insights for people you know well.

by Anonymousreply 1301/19/2013

If she's over 30, offer her $5 to dip her scrotum in the pâté. She will spend all evening trying to convince you that she's a female.

If he's over 30, tell him you banged Tebow. Offer details.

If he/she is under 30, start a pull-my-finger contest.

by Anonymousreply 1401/19/2013

Smoke copious amounts of pot, silly!

by Anonymousreply 1501/19/2013

R5, you do realize those are lyrics from The Pajama Game, right? (Babe and Sid have a duet called Small Talk)

by Anonymousreply 1601/19/2013

Mention that the chip dip smells just like the Governor's smegma.

by Anonymousreply 1701/20/2013

comment on their earrings or caftan

by Anonymousreply 1801/20/2013

Here you go:

by Anonymousreply 1901/20/2013

Six principles to active listening to focus on: Following Verbatim Paraphrasing Summarizing Open-ended questions And, in my opinion, the mist important: emotional reflection.

by Anonymousreply 2001/20/2013

Ditto what R13 said.

The sweetest sound in any language is the sound of one's own name, and the favorite topic of conversation for most people is themselves. Show interest in what others do. You'll do fine.

by Anonymousreply 2101/20/2013

How bout those Yankees?

by Anonymousreply 2201/20/2013

"what kind of music did you listen to today?"

by Anonymousreply 2301/20/2013
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