The conversation that usually ends with an awkward silence is something we all don’t want to have. Whether you’re at a networking event or just meeting a new group of friends, small talk is very important to break the ice.
Some tips that will be helpful in Mastering the Art of Small Talk.
Relax and be present in the conversation
Focus on the what the other person is saying and actively listen to the conversation. It’s about reading between the lines and understanding to what they’re trying to say and analyzing the type of person they are, what they want.
Be inquisitive and realistic
Always try to be updated on the latest events and news that is happening around the world and where you live. Really helps to start a conversation and build rapport. Try to find something that you have in common interest with the person, such as hometown, college, sports, dogs etc.
Ask thoughtful and Interesting questions
Always ask thoughtful questions and particularly carry on a topic which is interesting. Then ask great follow-up questions based on their response. Your average small talk chat will quickly evolve into something meaningful and impressive.
Ask about a person’s life, not their job
Never ask someone what they do rather ask how they spend their time. Such questions break the ice and turn into more interesting conversations. Everyone has a story to tell, and if you enable them to tell it through asking questions, you will not only master small talk, but will build a good relationship.
By mastering the art of small talk you shall be able make good relationships at work and social gatherings. A sense of self confidence shall prevail while talking to new people.