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small talk

Casual or trivial conversation, chitchat, as in We stood around making small talk until the guest of honor arrived. The small in this expression alludes to unimportant subjects of conversation, as opposed to serious or weighty ones. [Mid-1700s]
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To teach and practice the beginning of small talk, Bruellman suggests asking students to brainstorm questions and responses for small talk beginning, such as "Hey, how is it going?
Collins for an example of a man whose speech seems positively averse to small talk.
Over all, about a third of all conversation was ranked as substantive, and about a fifth consisted of small talk.
Since small talk can lead to bigger discussions, try easy compliments, no-risk remarks and conversationstarters about music, sports, TV or headline news.
Nonetheless, a tutor must integrate small talk into all of their sessions, unless they are actually aiming for a tense and ineffective outcome.
In fact, contemporary American schmoozing can be defined as small talk with an agenda or small talk with a purpose.
Much to my relief Ross made it comfortable through jokes and small talk.
Instead of sitting down with a wee cup of Ty-Phoo in his hand in order to chat with the hairy escapee, the DUP leader now finds that he will have to endure a least half an hour of small talk with the representative of Rome.
The women, in gala dresses and jewels, headed for the tables while men in suits, their hair slicked back with gel, milled about the floor, making small talk beneath giant screens broadcasting a digital slideshow of the evening's stars--white-haired, humpbacked cattle.
The female members of the gang reportedly dress in short skirts, distract victims by making small talk and asking for directions, then slip laptop bags to a male gang member walking past.
From how to make small talk without gaffes, to when a hand-written note is preferrable to email, to the critical importance of appearances in a fast-paced world where there simply isn't enough time to see deep beneath the surface, Be On Your Best Business Behavior is an absolute "must-have" for anyone determined to give the right first impression to co-workers, bosses and clients.
From general information on how to make small talk safely and avoid common communication problems, to body language recommendations and warnings against inappropriate gestures in different nations (for example, a raised thumb is considered offensive in Australia and the Middle East), to countless case studies of problems and communication issues brought about by different cultural norms and expectations, When in Rome or Rio or Riyadh is not only a "must-have" resource for globetrotters but also an engrossing to lay readers curious about the sharp differences in how folks from different nations relate.
I've got almost as much small talk as I've got shoes.
Somehow my role as a chaplain at Markham Stouffville Hospital (which was hit by an outbreak of Severe Acute Repiratory Syndrome, or SARS) entered into the small talk.
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