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July 29 2012

Hate Small Talk? These 5 Questions Will Help You Work Any Room

Alicia Leonard

July 30, 2012

Do you love going to events, but find yourself stranded during happy hour, tongue-tied and tucked in a corner? Initiating and maintaining conversations while networking is a necessary skill, and one you can easily improve with these simple tips.

Mastering small talk will help you find common ground to create a mini-bond with new contacts. Small talk may feel trite and unimportant, but it's the small talk that leads to the big talk.

Ideally small talk will uncover common interests, business alignments, the six degrees that separate you, potential need for your product or service, and basically whether or not you enjoy each other's company. The goal is not to become best friends or a new client on the spot. Although it's nice when those instant connections happen, usually that's not the case. More

Graham, A. (July 27, 2012). Hate Small Talk? These 5 Questions Will Help You Work Any Room. Retrieved July 30, 2012 from http://www.fastcompany.com/1843752/hate-small-talk-these-5-questions-will-help-you-work-any-room 

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