QuickRead presents a summary of "The Fine Art of Small Talk" by Debra Fine:
Learn how to start a conversation, keep it going, build networking skills, and leave a positive impression!
Whether we're standing in the elevator with a colleague, attending conferences, or simply meeting your child's new teacher, small talk is a major part of our daily lives. Perhaps you spend your days avoiding these awkward situations because the mere idea of striking up a conversation with a stranger makes your stomach churn. Perhaps you avoid social situations entirely or hide out in bathrooms and hang out at the buffet table to avoid small talk. Maybe the idea of networking makes you sick to your stomach. If this sounds like you, then it's time to master The Fine Art of Small Talk. Though many of us disregard small talk and find it meaningless, small talk has the power to change our lives. Small talk is the foundation of building meaningful connections with friends and colleagues which can open up opportunities you never thought possible. Once you master small talk, you'll be guaranteed to build a business, make friends, improve networking skills, get dates, and land jobs. So if you struggle with conversation, it's time to learn how to feel more comfortable in any type of social situation, from lunch with your boss to a networking conference to a cocktail party where you don't know a single person. As you read, you'll learn how small talk can change your life and receive tips and tricks for starting, keeping, and exiting a conversation.