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.
Baumann makes polite small talk
with the woman and drives away.
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