Mastering Small Talk

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.

When someone asks what you do, don’t say “I’m a doctor.” Instead, say, “I’m a doctor at NYU Hospital and I mostly work with children.” You’re giving the other person more to draw from—now they know that you live in New York City and specialize in pediatrics, giving you more to talk about.

3. Ask more questions than you answer.

Draw the other person out. Ask them questions. Give compliments.


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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