Do you have difficulty when it comes to making small talk? My father is one of those people who never seems to be at a loss for words. He can start up a conversation with a complete stranger no matter where he is – doctor’s office, gas station, grocery store, party, you name it. I’m not as gifted, nor do I have the desire to always start up conversations with complete strangers on the street. I’ve been to parties where people pretty much sat around staring at each other and trying to start up a conversation was painful. Striking up a conversation with a stranger or someone we hardly know can be difficult for a lot of us. I was listening to the radio one day and the host was interviewing two women – Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval, who have authored a book titled “The Power of Small.” During the interview they told the story of how small talk saved one woman’s life. (See the video at the end of this post.) This got me thinking about small talk and wondering if there is any secret to it.
This video represents how we’ve all probably felt at one time or another when it comes to making small talk.
Here’s some links to articles with tips for making small talk:
Here’s a story of how small talk saved one woman’s life: