people you’re in line with, neighbors, co-workers and kids.
folks unlike yourself, from seniors to teens to tourists.
inserts, maps, signs and catalogs. Everything is a source of
information that can be discussed.
Force yourself to get into small talk situations, like doctors’ waiting
rooms, cocktail parties and office meetings. Accept invitations, or
host your own gathering.
Immerse yourself in culture, both high and low. Television, music,
sports, fashion, art and poetry are great sources of chat. If you can’t
stand Shakespeare, that too is a good topic for talk.
see, quotes, observations, shopping lists and calls you made. That
story of the long-distance operator misunderstanding you could become
an opening line.
what you have to say on the subjects. Baseball, Russia, butter,
hip-hop, shoes … the more varied your list, the better.
online. Paint a watercolor. Bake a pie. Try something new every day.
migraines? Did your doctor just have twins? These are opportunities for
making small talk.
fright. Remember, the more you know, the more you know you can talk
Tips & Warnings
Be yourself. Keep in mind that confidence and humor are superb
substitutes for comedic genius or wit.
- Remember, you never have to do it alone.
Keep a few exit lines in mind too. For example, "Thanks for the
wonderful chat, but I must make believe I’m interested in everybody
else. Tee hee."
Keep your fellow chatterers in mind; naughty stories and loose language
will be frowned upon in many circles. By the same token, your French
quips and scientific discourses will be wasted on some.