You’ve heard it a million times: First impressions are everything. Small talk is key to getting off on the right foot with someone new.
1. Remember names.
There’s no such thing as being “bad with names.” Pay attention when someone says their name, and repeat it back to them (i.e., “Nice to meet you, Sarah”)
2. Give the long answer.
3. Ask more questions than you answer.
4. Keep it positive.
Don’t complain. Ever! Even if the other person doesn’t seem put off, they’ll associate you with negativity long after they’ve forgotten what you talked about.
5. Know when to stop sharing.
Share personal information that’s not too intimate, but is still relateable enough to keep the conversation going.
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