Small talk is an informal type of discourse that does not cover any functional topics of conversation or any transactions that need to be addressed. In essence, it is polite conversation about unimportant things.
What causes small talk?
The first, and most obvious, is to break an uncomfortable silence. Another reason, however, is simply to fill time. That is why it is so common to make small talk when you are waiting for something. Some people make small talk in order to be polite.
What are the rules for small talk?
Do a Little Homework.Greet people appropriately.Remember names.Dont hold back.Draw the other person out.When in doubt, discuss the setting.Revive a dying conversation.Make proper introductions.More items •Mar 26, 2010
What are good things to talk about?
They are great for when youve gone past the friendly introductory small talk and feel like youve made connection with the person.Free time. What do you do in your free time? Music. What kind of music are you into? Movies. What type of movies do you like? Food. Books. TV. Travel. Hobbies.More items
Is small talk meaningful?
A study in 2010 found that small talk was associated with lower life satisfaction. But a follow up study has found this actually isnt the case. Small talk isnt as important as deep, meaningful conversations — but it isnt bad either.
How do you skip small talk?
Read on to see the best of what we uncovered.Have some deep conversation starters on hand. Ask questions about topics the other person is interested in. Find out what makes the other person special. Avoid discussing the weather. Assume the other person has deep thoughts. Dont push people to see your perspective.More items •16 Apr 2019