Small Talk can feel like it sits somewhere between wasting time and blatantly lying about how we feel. I’ll ask you about the weather because I think I’m being polite, but I swear to god if you start talking about the rain this weekend I’m going to knock you out.
It doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense, and I think we all find ourselves asking, “Why should I care?”
The Conversation Handbook covers every aspect of Small Talk, including conversational examples and break-downs as well as a deeper analysis of the points we’re going to cover here. I think my favourite part is that it helps you understand that Small Talk is actually useful!
But before you go and start going through the exercises in the book, here are the basics.