Tips To Get "Beyond Small Talk"

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To make personal and professional interaction fun and easy, this slideshare offers some powerful tips. Networking and communication are inevitable elements of any profession or industry, and these tips should come in handy.

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Tips To Get "Beyond Small Talk"

  1. 1. BEYOND SMALL TALK Tips to get
  2. 2. Social interactions a key part of life We meet new people everyday… sometimes, every hour
  3. 3. How to instantly connect with them? They come from “diverse” walks of life
  4. 4. 4 EASY STEPS Step 1: Small Talk after the introductory „Hi‟ Step 2: Learn each other‟s background Step 3: Build a conversation Step 4: Sustain the conversation
  5. 5. STEP 1: SMALL TALK Small talk – our chance to exchange pleasantries, sense moods, establish comfort.
  6. 6. Begin with a simple question: “Nice party, eh?” An excited response means he/she is in high spirits and is probably an extrovert with a liking for large gatherings. Follow up with a question like: “What’s your connection to this event?”
  7. 7. STEP 2: LEARN EACH OTHER’S BACKGROUND
  8. 8. You want to know two things WHAT THEY DO HOW YOU CAN HELP Don’t ask: “What do you do?” or “Tell me about your work.” ASK: “How do you spend most of your time?”
  9. 9. And talk about your work Don’t say: “I‟m a software engineer.” Hand out your business card SAY: “I‟m a programmer with a focus on web design. My most recent work is so-and-so dot com. Let me write it down for you.”
  10. 10. STEP 3: BUILD A CONVERSATION
  11. 11. Take cues from Small Talk and Background. *** Discuss interests (and hobbies, if appropriate) *** To be able to converse, develop the habit of reading. For latest and general topics: Mashable, Fortune, Reddit, Twitter, Quora, Flipboard, The Verge
  12. 12. Heard her talk about how good the wine tastes? Ask more about her knowledge in wine. You find the building’s design to be great? Talk more about your interest and latest trends in building designs.
  13. 13. STEP 3: SUSTAIN THE CONVERSATION
  14. 14. Take a genuine interest in what the other person is saying.
  15. 15. If you don’t understand what they’re saying, parrot his last few words as a question. Let‟s say your conversation partner says: “My wife wants us to buy a house to settle. But what I really want to buy is a Ferrari.” Respond with: “Ah! You’re a Ferrari fanboy?” This is certain to get him excited and he will go on to tell you about his love for Ferrari.
  16. 16. RECAP: Step 1: Establish rapport during small talk Step 2: Learn about each other Step 3: Build a conversation by discussing interests Step 4: Sustain it by being genuinely interested
  17. 17. What are your thoughts about Social Interactions now? Isn’t networking actually fun and easy?
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  19. 19. Visit www.karthikselvaraj.com for more posts. Thank you!

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