The Etiquette of Small Talk

Lisa Mirza Grotts
Etiquette Expert, Author, "A Traveler's Passport to Etiquette"
Posted: March 1, 2010 05:10 PM
Cocktail Party Conversation: The Etiquette of Small Talk
Source: The Huffington Post

The definition of small talk includes both light conversation and idle banter. Small talk is what people say to one another to be social. It breaks the ice. By asking general questions and giving answers, people connect. Small talk is not in-depth conversation, but rather an exchange of social niceties. A lot is written about the importance of grooming and proper dress, but if we can't make intelligent conversation it won't matter how we look once we open our mouths.
Many people feel right home in the office but are uncomfortable in the social arena for fear of making small talk, especially with potential clients or new friends. If you find small talk a big challenge, it's important to realize that all it really takes is a little preparation. George Bernard Shaw said, "One way to be popular is to listen attentively to a lot of things you already know."

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