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How To Master The Fine Art Of Small Talk

How To Master The Fine Art Of Small Talk | Networking and social interactions in business | Scoop.it

Small talk gets a bad reputation. To avoid this allegedly meaningless drivel, people skip networking events. Or, almost as bad, they attend, but talk to the three people they already know.

 

This is shortsighted, says Debra Fine, author of The Fine Art of Small Talk. “Small talk is the appetizer for any relationship,” she says, and people like to do business with those with whom they’ve established common ground. “A good networker is looking to foster relationships and build a community never knowing how that contact can help now or in the future.


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Mary Flatt's insight:

One suggestion in focusing your networking efforts is to think about how you might be useful to this individual instead of how they might provide you with value.  Safe ice breakers include comments about the venue,  the organization and what other events the person may have attended. 

When you set the expectations lower,  you are not looking for every contact you make to provide information on a job opening or a company with potential. 

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 11, 2014 2:57 AM

Move beyond the weather to make small talk less painful and more productive. Here are five things that great conversationalists know.

CannizaroHouse's curator insight, May 12, 2014 6:43 AM

I have found that small talk can lead to so  many business opportunities.

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10 Genuine Ways Anyone Can Be Exceptionally Charming

10 Genuine Ways Anyone Can Be Exceptionally Charming | Networking and social interactions in business | Scoop.it

Sure, everyone knows blunt, impolite, and even rude people who are somehow extremely successful. 

 

But since we're all more likely to do business and build professional and personal relationships with people we like, we're naturally drawn to people who are polite, modest, agreeable, kind. In short, people who are charming.


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Mary Flatt's insight:

Making meaningful connections requires thoughtful interactions with people you meet,  but a lot of it is essentially being courteous and interested in others!   It is not complicated but for some of us who are less outgoing,  it does require some energy.  Think in terms of being nice. 

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 2, 2014 4:26 PM

10 genuine ways to be exceptionally charming.