10 Tips for Making Small Talk Less Awkward
Anyone who's been caught at a wedding reception or a cocktail party discussing recent precipitation averages knows that making small talk isn't as easy as it sounds. Talking with strangers can be awkward, stilted, and mildly painful. But there is an art to it, and it can be mastered.
"A golden rule is that you don't have to be brilliant―just nice," says Bernardo J. Carducci, PhD, director of the Shyness Research Institute at Indiana University Southeast, in New Albany, Ind. "If you start with simple, even obvious comments, that makes it easier for others." Learn the secrets for how to make small talk with style and grace, to help you navigate your next party a little more easily.