A Small Post on Small Talk

Ugh, small talk.  It means big work for most of us.  I just found this great Fast Company article on small talk.  Boiled down:

  1. Lower your expectations–no one is expecting too much from a short chat and you shouldn’t either!
  2. Have something to talk about–I try to enter a networking event with 5 conversational topics.
  3. Lead with a declaration–a very smart woman I know once wowed me at a networking event by starting her conversation with, “what is new at your library?”
  4. Then go for questions–ask open ended questions!
  5. Prepare for a lull–know your exit strategy for moving on to the next conversation.

What are your favorite tips for handling small talk?