Small talk, chatting happily with almost strangers, comes naturally and effortlessly to some. But there are many others who retreat into a shell the minute they’re faced with the trauma of speaking to a person they don’t know! Yet, though ‘small talk’ suggests empty, meaningless chatter, the opposite is true – it builds a sense of wellbeing, trust, empathy.
This infographic discusses the many benefits of small talk, and suggests methods like the Ford Technique (Family, Occupation, Recreation, Dreams) to build conversation, and demonstrate interest and friendliness with another person.
How to Get Better at Small Talk (If You’re Terrible at It):
Infographic by – On Stride