During this holiday season, as I am traveling from one party to the next, I am reminded of the need for mastering the fine art – and isn’t it indeed an art? – of small talk. Recently, I came across a super article by Laura Vanderkam. After, I read her book, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast and loooooved it! She generously allowed me to share her article with you all. Hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!
How to Master the Fine Art of Small Talk
MOVE BEYOND THE WEATHER TO MAKE SMALL TALK LESS PAINFUL AND MORE PRODUCTIVE. HERE ARE FIVE THINGS THAT GREAT CONVERSATIONALISTS KNOW.
Small talk gets a bad reputation. To avoid this allegedly meaningless drivel, people skip networking events. Or, almost as bad, they attend, but talk to the three people they already know.
This is shortsighted, says Debra Fine, author of The Fine Art of Small Talk. “Small talk is the appetizer ...