Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Small Talk

I'm not much into small talk, but it has its uses.  Today [personal profile] janetmiles mentioned an interesting tip, and I realized that it's customizable.

First you ask a new person, "So what is it that you do?"

Then after they reply, you comment ...

* "That must be really tough sometimes."
** Good people who are sympathetic listeners, because they'll tell you about the hard parts.

* "How exciting!"
** Good if you excel at encouraging people.

* "That sounds like it has some interesting challenges.
** Good for problem-solvers.

What others can you think of that would clue what you're good at while encouraging a new acquaintance to talk about themselves?

Tags: family skills, how to, networking, personal
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