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Networking for Introverts - 7 Simple Steps

Michael S Solomon | Posted 06.24.2016 | Business
Michael S Solomon

You've heard it before: it's not what you know, but whom you know. hate networking. That's ok, a lot of people do. And networking for introverts is even more challenging.

Confessions of an Introvert

Casey Erin Wood | Posted 03.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Casey Erin Wood

I'm sharing these confessions so all you introverts out there know you're not alone, and so all you beautifully expressive extroverts will understand we're not rude or shy or distant -- we just really want to stop talking about nothing.

Tired of Small Talk? Try Medium Talk.

Science of Us | Posted 02.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Science of Us

When the connection between you and the other person is tenuous, as it was between myself and this woman, both parties know there's a pretty good chance this will be the only conversation the two will ever have with one another. You will meet, talk briefly about your jobs or the weather, part ways, and then, in the long run, live the rest of your lives and die without ever speaking again.

How and Why We Avoid Discussing Our Flatlining Business

Ashley Behnke | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
Ashley Behnke

I uttered, "Yes, the business is doing great! We just hit this milestone," when at the forefront of my mind disappointment, missed deadlines and unmet goals were blaring. The intent was not to speak half-truths, but why burden someone with how I'm feeling?

In Praise of Small Talk

Elloa Atkinson | Posted 09.15.2015 | Women
Elloa Atkinson

For much of my life, I felt socially awkward. I became a shapeshifter in adolescence, changing my appearance, my language, my musical preferences, opinions and even my voice to mirror whichever person or people I was around.

This One-Minute Rule Will Make Your Conversations Better

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 08.06.2015 | Healthy Living

Have you ever been in the middle of telling a story and noticed that at some point, everyone seemed to tune you out at once? According to a recent art...

Stop Being So Boring! A Simple Way to Have Better Conversations and Relationships

Danielle Di-Masi | Posted 08.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Danielle Di-Masi

If you want to be heard, to be in the moment with someone, and connect with others then you must break out of slipstream conversations and interrupt expectations. That means ditch the boring and expected chitchat in favor of compelling relationship-building dialogues.

There's Actually An Upside To Small Talk

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 07.15.2015 | Healthy Living

There's a reason why you can't quite help but ask your coworker about her weekend plans when you're both stuck waiting for the elevator -- or the wea...

The Secret to a Lasting Marriage: Manicures

Aimee Heckel | Posted 02.21.2015 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

She must have taken the surprised expression on my face for judgment, about the secret she kept from her husband.

Secrets of a Veteran Party Schmoozer

Ellevate | Posted 02.21.2015 | Women

The holiday season is underway and you know what that means -- mixing and mingling with your (and your significant other's) clients, colleagues, bosses and the spouses you probably see once a year. Personally, I find these "dos" a lot of fun, but know they can inspire anxiety in many people. With the proper preparation, you might actually find yourself enjoying these events (yes, really!).

'Tis the Season to Be Networking! How Women Can Raise Their Profile and Get Ahead

Judith Humphrey | Posted 01.31.2015 | Women
Judith Humphrey

Sure, it is often more comfortable to mingle with friends -- with the people we know. But that won't necessarily make you successful. Instead, when you walk into a room, be bold. Target the people who have influence.

Pretending to Enjoy Small Talk

Alex Madda | Posted 01.18.2015 | Comedy
Alex Madda

In regular people language, small talk is any type of conversation that takes the place of telling someone what you're actually thinking. Right? Right?!

Body Language Speaks Loud and Clear: Eight Tips To Getting It Right

Debra Fine | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

While I believe small talk is BIG, non-verbal communication is small-talk's best friend. As the saying goes: "Actions speak louder than words." And it's a saying that rings true.

Surviving a High School Reunion

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 12.14.2014 | Fifty
Lita Smith-Mines

I thought I'd share a few coping mechanisms that worked for me, transforming a fright night into a pleasant party (if you're a social butterfly or an accomplished salesperson, these suggestions probably seem like second nature to you).

This College Student Is Trying To Eliminate Small Talk One Big Question At A Time

The Huffington Post | Jessica Kane | Posted 09.23.2014 | College

Kalina Silverman thought she was alone. She was wrong. As a freshman at Northwestern University, Silverman had a tough time adjusting to life on th...

7 Networking Tips for Introverts, Extroverts And The Socially Awkward

| Christina Desmarais | Posted 09.11.2014 | Small Business

When it comes to making new connections, introverts get a bad rap, in spite of the fact that introversion and shyness are not the same thing. While ex...

5 Ways To Make Better Small Talk (Without Talking About The Weather)

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living

"Nice day out today." Why is it that when we find ourselves cramped in the small confines of an elevator with a co-worker or trying to fill the qui...

Three Ways to Stop a Conversation Monopolizer

Debra Fine | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

If you have had enough of listening to someone else's stories about their children, their renovation, their vacation and their stock market success, try to steer the conversation into a more general direction, like current events.

5 Social Blunders People Make At Bars

Kevin Kleitches | Posted 08.10.2014 | Business
Kevin Kleitches

If you go out to the bars even just once a month, you'll benefit from this post. That's because I'm about to break down five common social blunders that people make at bars (and other places too). These blunders make you look boring, unapproachable, or just plain lame.

5 Tips For Making Small Talk Less Awkward

Kevin Kleitches | Posted 08.02.2014 | Business
Kevin Kleitches

Small talk gets a bad rap. How many times have you heard someone complain about how much they wish they could cut through all of the "filler" and just talk about what's important? But the truth is, small talk is the most important part of a conversation.

8 Steps to Teaching Teens How to Make Conversation

Debra Fine | Posted 06.30.2014 | Teen
Debra Fine

No matter how advanced technology becomes, landing a scholarship, job interview or fiancé will still require some form of verbal communication.

Business Etiquette - Or Just Basic Training?

Debra Fine | Posted 03.30.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

Attention! There is some big news coming out of Colorado Springs. In order to graduate from the Air Force Academy, cadets will have to pass inspection in decorum. Yes, you read that right.

The Assholes I Keep Meeting At Holiday Parties

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 02.18.2014 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

Picture this: I'm at a holiday party at a beautiful home. The art adorning the walls is beautiful, the food healthy and delicious, the wines exquisite. I sip my wine, and am introduced to someone I have not met before. This guy is a player -- smart, wealthy and successful. But he doesn't talk to me; he talks at me. He pontificates.

The Holiday Collection: Making Your Way Into a Group Conversation

Debra Fine | Posted 02.17.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

What happens if you don't find a singleton in the room? What if everyone is already grouped together and chatting merrily while you are standing alone, feeling foolish?

Small Talk Is Dead and That's Going to Cost Us

Alissa Fleck | Posted 11.23.2015 | Technology
Alissa Fleck

We may be inclined to think, naively, our society as a whole is increasing its efficiency by eliminating the instances that bring about small talk, but this part of daily existence is more important than we could imagine.