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Small Talk

11 Ways Introverts Would Prefer To Start A Conversation

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 03.24.2017 | Healthy Living

Introverts and small talk do not mix. A hallmark trait of the personality type is how cumbersome they find small talk. Experts say those with the pers...

10 Things Anyone Who Loves An Introvert Needs To Know

The Huffington Post | Kelsey Borresen | Posted 02.23.2017 | Weddings

Introverts often find themselves in romantic relationships with extroverts, despite their fundamental differences in temperament. Perhaps it’s beca...

5 Secrets Introverts Won't Tell You

Ann Davis | Posted 02.13.2017 | Healthy Living
Ann Davis

Toughen up – you’re a wimp. Do you feel it too? The discomfort rising inside when someone perceives you as weak or broken. Your first reaction is ...

How Can I Get Better at Small Talk?

Quora | Posted 01.23.2017 | Healthy Living
Quora

How can I get better at small talk? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people wit...

12 Snarky Cards That Sum Up Life As An Introvert

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 01.18.2017 | Healthy Living

Wiped out from human interaction? Recharge with our HuffPost Lifestyle newsletter. There’s so much more to an introvert than her quiet side. Those w...

How To Get A Date When You're An Introvert (Or Just Hate Small Talk)

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 12.22.2016 | Divorce

Dating is rough regardless of your personality type, but it’s especially taxing for introverts who only have so much social energy to spend. Below,...

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. But...you 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 03.09.2017 | 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 02.19.2017 | 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 11.18.2016 | 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 09.14.2016 | 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 08.04.2016 | 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
Ellevate

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.