Prepare and warm up yourself
It’s important to prepare yourself before the small talk, just as a football player does the warm up before an important match OR a lawyer jots down important points before appearing for a court hearing. If you are a shy person this is the most essential step to master small talks. What you can do is shortlist hot topics and your experience related to it, this would help you to talk about these topics confidently and would never be short of words.
Be the first one
Are you one of those who is hung back when it comes to starting a conversation. Well, then be the first one , just be confident and start the conversation. To begin the conversation, start with a smile, make an eye contact, this gives a positive signal to the other person and creates a positive energy. Now then just hit the nail and start the conversation.
Listening actively helps you to pick up facts in a conversation and build a mental picture and continue the conversation gracefully. Listening actively gives you the time to construct phrases to keep the conversation moving.
Avoid unpleasant topics
Small talks are causal conversations, so avoid topics such as recession, layoffs etc. These are very sensitive topics and create an argument. Unpleasant topics don’t create a positive image about you. So always stick to lighter topics such as movies, shopping, life in the city etc., and avoid unpleasant topics.
End the conversation gracefully
As you start the conversation positively, you need to end it well. Never end the conversation abruptly and move by just saying ‘Bye’. Appreciate the conversation you had with the person and end it gracefully. This shows you value the other person’s time.
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