Hey everyone. A few weeks ago, I attended a workshop called Small Talk I: It’s a Big Deal. This workshop was all about how to start small talk with important people or possible future employers. The advisor there taught us the difference between open and closed ended questions, and when to use them. Its very interesting that small things like body language really can show us what other people are thinking. Any small movement or facial gesture, can really tell you whether you are keeping the person interested. One good example is if you are talking to someone, and they avoid keeping eye contact with you, it probably means that they are not interested, and do not want to hear any more about the current topic, and its best to switch to some other topic at that point. We also learned that its very important to talk to people of all ages, because interviews are very common practice nowadays, and you must know how to keep small talk with people of all ages. Also, it is very important to keep on topic when you are talking to an interviewer, while most people try to talk about more social topics, it is a very good idea to stay on the topics of the business that you are applying for. The advisor took time to explain the importance of keeping up with daily news, because there are many current topics that employers might want to engage in small talk about. After leaving this workshop I really understood the importance of having small talk, or the ability to maintain small and interesting conversations with people.
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