What You Need to Know About Small Talk and How to Get Better at it
What's small talk and why is it difficult for some?
Small talk is a casual conversation about everyday things. It can be about the weather, work, or other non-personal topics.
It's difficult for some people because it's so easy to feel awkward, shy, or anxious in social situations. Some may even feel bored with small talk, but it can be a great way to interact with people that may lead to meaningful relations.
Small talk is a good way to start conversations with people you don't know well and make them feel comfortable. It takes practice and patience to get better at small talk.
- Prepare Yourself Mentally Ahead: When you are about to have a conversation with someone, it is good to think about what you want to say and how you want to say it. It is important that you have a clear idea of what your goal is for this conversation. You should also think about the other person and what they might want or need from the conversation. Is it a casual meet or a professional setting? Have the context in consideration before engaging in small talk, this will give you some hints about possible topics. Wearing blue crystals can be beneficial in helping reduce the stress associated with communication and interactions. Blue crystals work exceptionally well with the throat chakra.
- Take Time To Listen And Understand The Others: When listening, it's important that we really listen and understand the other person's point of view or opinion on things, not just their words but also their body language and tone of voice. Don't judge or think about what to say next, instead, after listening, react to what you have just heard or ask questions. This will show that we are listening and interested. We should not interrupt or try to talk over people because that will make them feel unheard, which can lead them to stop listening altogether. It's equally important to put yourself in the other person's shoes. Understanding other people is a key skill for any type of relationship. It helps in understanding what the other person is going through, what they are feeling, and how they think. In order to put yourself in the other person's shoes, you need to be able to feel with them and understand their needs and emotions. You need to be able to see things from their perspective to empathize with them.
- Feel Comfortable In Your Own Body And Speak Clearly: Body language is a big part of how we communicate. It can be difficult to know how to use body language correctly, but it is important to do so. You can use body language to make your point or express your feelings without words. For instance, keep changing your position during a conversation and tell others that you feel uncomfortable, uneasy, or nervous. While if you keep your arms crossed you may be communicating disinterest in engaging with others. There are many different ways that you can improve your body language skills. One way is by practicing with a friend or family member who you know well and who will give you feedback on what they think you are communicating with your body. Another way is by reading books about nonverbal communication and learning about the different signals that people send when they are speaking.