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Struggle To Make Small Talk?
Small talk can be a big problem. I want to be friendly 
and polite, but I just can’t think of a thing to say. 
Here are so...
1. Comment 
on a topic 
common to 
both of you 
at the 
moment: 
the food 
the 
room 
the 
occasion 
the weather 
(yes, ta...
2. Comment on a topic of general interest. 
A friend scans Google News right before he goes anywhere 
where he needs to ma...
3. Ask a question that people can 
answer as they please. 
It’s useful because it 
allows people to choose 
their focus (w...
4. Ask open questions 
that can’t be answered 
with a single word.
5. If you do ask a question that can be answered 
in a single word, instead of just supplying your 
own information in res...
6. Ask getting-to-know-you questions. 
These questions often reveal a hidden passion, 
which can make for great conversati...
7. React to what a person says in the spirit in 
which that comment was offered. If he makes a joke, 
even if it’s not ver...
8. Be slightly inappropriate. 
(I can’t use this strategy, myself, because 
I don’t have the necessary gumption).
9. Follow someone’s conversational lead. 
If someone obviously drops in a reference to 
a subject, pick up on that thread.
10. Along the same lines, 
counter-intuitively, 
don’t try to talk about 
your favorite topic, 
because you’ll be tempted ...
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8. Be slightly inappropriate. (I Struggle To Make Small Talk?

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8. Be slightly inappropriate.
(I can’t use this strategy, myself, because
I don’t have the necessary gumption).

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