Human beings are social animals. We like to interact with people and make friends. However, there can be awkward silences when you first meet someone and you just cannot figure out how to break the ice – small talk comes to your rescue in such a case!
What is small talk?
Small talk is polite conversation about unimportant or uncontroversial matters, which can help avoid awkward silences. But always keep in mind not to take up religious /political matters or something you strongly believe in as this may lead to an abrupt end in conversation.
Is making small talk difficult?
Yes, making small talk may be difficult for some people, especially those who are learning English as they have restricted vocabulary and may not be able to talk on the diverse topics that fall under small talk. However, some research and vocabulary building exercises can eliminate this problem.
Let’s have a look at some examples to gain better understanding:
- Riya: Hey Zarina, how are you?
- Zarina: I’m doing good, what about you?
- Riya: I’m also fine. Looks like it’s going to rain, doesn’t it?
- Zarina: Yes! Thank god I’m carrying an umbrella!
- Neha: Did you watch the match last night?
- Jatin: No, I missed it! I heard it was good?
- Neha: Oh yes, it certainly was. They hit some amazing fours and sixes!
- Jatin: I’ll try to catch the highlights in that case.
- Maria: Did you hear Gracy is getting married?
- Neena: Oh, is she? When is the big day?
- Maria: Next month, she’s busy shopping.
- Neena: Wish her luck from my side!
Keep these examples in mind and don’t get tongue-tied the next time you’re in the lift or at a party.
Also, don’t forget to check the weather before you leave – it may help!