Small talk

 

SMALL TALK

MAKING SMALL TALK EASY

  • Ask the other person open questions about things that interest you
  • Let your business partners talk about themselves and then you can show interest

KEY TIPS FOR SMALL TALK

  • Internet search should give you some inspiration (about your business partner’s country, city...)
  • Local knowledge will help you
  • Talk about recent events (football game...)
  • Were they on holiday recently...
  • Do they enjoy a specific sport...
  • Choose safe topics (weather, current event,...)

USEFUL SMALL-TALK PHRASES

Starting conversation

  • Nice to see you again.
  • It's been a long time, hasn't it?
  • Nice weather today, isn't it?
  • Terrible weather today, isn't it?
  • It looks like it’s going to snow.
  • As this is your first trip to...
  • So, how are things?
  • Is this your first time in...?
  • How was your flight?

Keeping the conversation going

  • I saw on the news that...
  • What do you think about...
  • I’ve heard...
  • Did you catch the news today?
  • Did you hear about...
  • I heard on the radio today that...
  • I read in the paper today...

Showing interest in the other person

  • Right. Sure. Yes. I can imagine.
  • Did you? Are they? Was it?
  • So what happened?
  • How did you feel?
  • Why was that than?
  • That’s interesting.
  • Really? I didn’t know that.
  • I see...
  • Have you worked here long?
  • I love your dress. Can I ask where you got it?
  • How old are your children?
  • How do you like...?

Changing the subject

  • So, anyway...
  • So what’s the status of...
  • That reminds me...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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