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Small Talk

Surviving a High School Reunion

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 10.14.2014 | 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 02.09.2014 | 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.

The Holiday Collection: How to Start a Conversation at a Cocktail Party

Debra Fine | Posted 02.08.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

Giving the gift of conversation is worthwhile to everyone. True success comes from taking the first step and saying hello. The topic is not nearly as important as the effort.

How to Small Talk Internationally

Debra Fine | Posted 02.03.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

I travel a lot for work and pleasure. Striking up a conversation has allowed me new experiences and lasting memories.

In Praise of Shutting Up When You Have Nothing to Say

Maureen Anderson | Posted 12.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

There are a lot of ways to make the world a better place. Keeping your mouth shut unless you have something interesting to say is one of them.

7 Ways To Deal With Dating Burnout

HowAboutWe | Posted 12.09.2013 | Women
HowAboutWe

There is a certain brand of insanity that infects the human brain and convinces intelligent people that if they aren't actively trying to locate their next boyfriend/girlfriend/earth mate, they will end up forever alone. This is hogwash and I blame the magazine industry.

Keeping It Real at Reunions

Nancy Sharp | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Nancy Sharp

With so many people to see, so many lives to catch up on, so many long-ago acquaintances to rekindle if only for the weekend, how exactly does one master the fine art of small talk?

Boring Small Talk Translated

Posted 06.19.2013 | Comedy

Those terrible "What have you been up to?" bar conversations get translated to what they really mean in this BuzzFeed video. Let's hope whatever you'v...

Craving Silence? Reach for Your Cell Phone!

Nancy Colier | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

I speak to people for a living, so I feel somewhat qualified to make the following claim: There are people who do indeed enjoy small talk, but many people hate it. Regardless of where we fall on the spectrum, however, there is an enormous pressure to engage in it.

The Power Of Talking About Nothing

Kari Henley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Henley

After nearly 20 years working to build authentic communities with companies, mothers, tweens and non-profit groups, I believe the very act of sharing "much to do about nothing" is the secret to success.

Brain Waves

Tom Morris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

You don't have to become a French Existentialist or even a country music songwriter in order to cultivate thoughts about some of the most important issues of our existence.

Small Talk Is for Small Minds. Think About It.

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Shore

"Do you know why you're not happier?" I recently said to my mailman. It was the first time we'd ever spoken. "Because you don't ask people questions like the one I just asked you."

Christmas Parties: Author Weingarten's Horror (AUDIO)

NPR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Gene Weingarten, Washington Post columnist and humor writer, hates Christmas parties. They're awkward and require way too much small talk. The only th...

Like Your Time Alone? Then This Post is For You

Bella DePaulo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bella DePaulo

I live in the most ordinary American household - I live alone. Knock on any door in the nation and you are more likely to find a household like mine t...