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Socializing – part 3. Společenský styk – 3. část. Small talk. – nezávazná (společenská) konverzace. Definition. It is a conversation about things which are not important, to chat about subjects that both parties can contribute to regardless of background, education, or experience ,

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Socializing part 3

Socializing –part 3

Společenský styk – 3. část


Small talk

Small talk

– nezávazná (společenská) konverzace

  • Definition

  • It is a conversation about things which are not important,

  • to chat about subjects that both parties can contribute to

    regardless of

    • background,

    • education, or

    • experience,

  • often between people who do not know each other well.


Small talk is also known as

Small talk is also known as:

  • chit chat,

  • water cooler chat,

  • icebreakers,

  • casual conversation,

  • light conversation,

  • elevator speech

  • gabbing.

    The Czech language doesn't even have an expression for "small talk"


What is the purpose of small talk

What is the purpose of small talk?

  • It is meant to take the edge of an interaction, to be a ‘social lubricant’

    • Má za úkol vzít interakcím hranu, (tj. zmírňovat napětí), být

      společenským „lubrikantem“,

  • A bonding ritual, that helps us overcome our social inhibitions and handicaps.

    • Rituál na utváření vztahu, který nám pomáhá překonat naše společenské zábrany a handikapy.

  • Helps to establish relationship, might lead to certain interpersonal connection in the future

    • Pomáhá vytvářet vztahy, může do budoucna vést k jistým (pevným) mezilidským vztahům.


The origin of small talk

The origin of small talk


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in a line for take-away coffee

in metro waiting for a train to come

in art galleries or museums

at cocktail/dinner parties

wedding receptions

doctor’s waiting room

before a business meeting

on the way to office/school

What are the situations when it is appropriate and even expected?

When do I Start a Small Talk?

in the

Czech Rep.

in the

UK and USA


Where do i start a small talk

Where do I Start a Small Talk?

Long story short,

you can initiate a small talk almost anywhere;

except probably public

toilets, which people

visit for reasons other

than socializing.


How long does small talk take

How long does small talk take?

Duration of chatting varies greatly.

  • 3 seconds

    • e.g. meeting a colleague in a corridor

      • ‘How is your day going so far?’

    • This quick question can be just enough

      to exchange social niceties.

  • 3 minutes

    • e.g. in a queue / line

  • 3 hours

    • e.g. dinner party’s light talk might last through

      the whole event.


Is it true that british people talk a lot about the weather

Is it true that British people talk a lot about the weather?

  • In 2008,The Telegraph asked 5000 folks in Britain:

  • "Identify the things that make us unique as a nation"

  • In the number one spot:

    'talking about the weather'

    British people do indeed talk about the weather a lot.


Which movie are these pictures from

Which movie are these pictures from?


Small talk topic number one

Small talk topic number one

  • The weather


The weather

The weather

  • Talking about the weather may seem banal,

    • but it is a good neutral topic

    • that everyone can discuss.

  • Golden rule:

    • Boring, but can get the ball rolling!


  • Other small talk topics

    Other small talk topics

    • Arts and Entertainment


    Arts and entertainment topics

    Arts and Entertainment Topics

    • include the latest

      • movies and

      • television shows,

    • popular

      • restaurants,

      • music, and

      • books.

    • Golden rule:

      • If you want to be prepared

        for these topics, read and

        watch what is popular.


    Other small talk topics1

    Other small talk topics

    • Sports


    Sports topics

    Sports topics

    • can include such topics as

      • favorite teams and

      • local teams,

    • current events like

      • the Olympics,

      • Championships

    • Golden rule:

      • Even if you don't like sports,

        you can talk about why you don't like them.


    Other topics

    Other topics


    Other topics1

    Other topics


    Other topics2

    Other topics


    Other small talk topics2

    Other small talk topics

    • News


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    News

    • Golden rule:

      • A great way to prepare for small talk is

        to read the news everyday.

      • Be aware of what is going on

        • in the world and

        • in your city.


    Other small talk topics3

    Other small talk topics

    Family topics

    • Family

    • Blood is thicker than water


    Family

    Family

    • People are likely to ask you about your family, e.g.

      • Do you have any brothers or sisters?

      • How long have you been married?

      • Do you have any children?

    • Be prepared for these types of questions

    • and reciprocate by asking others about their families.


    Other small talk topics4

    Other small talk topics

    Travel


    Travel

    Travel

    • People like to hear about vacations.

      • If you travel, be ready to

        • answer questions and

        • give your opinions about the places you have visited.

    • You may want to put together albums that you can show people who visit your home.

    • Golden rule

      • Brevity is the soul of wit


    People like to hear about vacations

    People like to hear about vacations

    • If you travel, be ready to

      • answer questions and

      • give your opinions about the places you have visited.

    • Holidays - where, when, etc. but NOT how much!

    • You may want to put together albums that you can show people who visit your home.

    • Golden rule

      • Brevity is the soul of wit


    Other small talk topics5

    Other small talk topics


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    Other small talk topics


    And this other small talk topic is

    And this other small talk topic is:

    • Work


    Yet another one

    Yet another one


    Other small talk topics14

    Other small talk topics


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    Other small talk topics


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    Other small talk topics


    Celebrity gossip

    Celebrity gossip


    Celebrity gossip1

    Celebrity gossip

    • It isn't necessary to follow celebrity gossipto make small talk.

    • However, it is a good idea to know a little bit about some of the most popular celebrities in case the topic comes up.


    What are the disadvantages of small talk

    What are the disadvantages of small talk?


    How to turn small talk into meaningful conversation

    How to Turn Small Talk Into Meaningful Conversation

    • Small talk is not meant to last for the whole of your conversation.

    • Use it as an ice-breaker

    • and pay attention to little clues the person gives you, using those to ask more questions.


    To make the most of small talk

    To make the most of small talk:

    • Don't expect to become fast friends just because you've connected over small talk.

    • Be yourself !

      • Don't crack jokes or act like an expert on a certain subject just to impress someone.

    • Don't worry about your "performance."

      • If you talk with a few people and they don't seem interested, just keep moving on to someone else.


    Always be yourselve be natural

    Always be Yourselve.Be natural 


    Motto

    Motto:

    Thank you for your attention!


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