Small talk is designed to give people a chance to network, creating a bridge to conversations about opportunities. When aiming to network, small talk puts people at ease, draws them into conversation, and creates a comfort zone so that you can build a relationship with them.
- Create a small-talk Top 10 list: Identify five things that you enjoy talking about and can talk about easily. List five subjects that you don’t know much about but would enjoy learning about from others.
- Listen to what people say and how they respond: Attentive listening is critical to small talk. Through listening, you know what to say to generate connection and rapport.
- Be curious: Curiosity keeps you attentive. Be curious about who people are both as individuals and as business people.
- Put people at ease: Make people feel comfortable; allow them to relax and enjoy a casual conversation with you. Don’t attempt to teach, preach or impress.
For the smartest conversation tips, Success Magazine reached out to the Young Entrepreneur Council. Murray Newlands and the rest of brilliant people share their experience on how to have a successful talk. This is what they suggest on 10 Ways to Master the Art of Small Talk.
Posted by Maya S.