6 TIPS TO MASTER THE ART OF SMALL TALK
Are you the kind of person who is not always comfortable with starting a conversation with someone? You are not alone, and should not feel nervous by the idea of exchanging a few words with somebody shopping at the market, or sitting next to somebody for a while on the bus. If you’re out mingling with friends or strangers, follow these 6 tips and become the queen of small-talk in no time.
Take an interest in what the other person says because people like being heard. Focus all your attention on them, and follow up their words with appropriate questions. Simply nodding can send the wrong message.
Ask questions that interest the other person
Don’t limit your conversation to everyday topics. Try and avoid those questions you can respond to with simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answers. The conversation will not flow naturally if these questions are asked, so choose questions that make the other person think deeply, and entertain you too.
The expressions on your face are an important part of having great conversations. Even a story about what you found while cleaning the house can be entertaining if your face creates its own show too. Smile! Sound and look excited, and you will be far more entertaining to talk to.
Take the first step
Think of small talk as a dance where two people meet for the first time and have to get to know each other in movement. There is power to making the first move in a dance. You can become easier to approach and communicate with, and you get to set the pace of a conversation depending on how that first movement is received.
Be confident and Sensitive
Believe that you are worthy of being talked to. Be confident that you have some interesting life experiences to share with someone. Our perceptions have a powerful effect on our outcomes.
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