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How to turn small talk into smart conversation

How to turn small talk into smart conversation
Imagine almost any situation where two or more people are gathered—a wedding reception, a job interview, two off-duty cops hanging out in a Jacuzzi. What do these situations have in common? Almost all of them involve people trying to talk with each other. But in these very moments where a conversation would enhance an encounter, we often fall short. We can’t think of a thing to say. Or worse, we do a passable job at talking. We stagger through our romantic, professional and social worlds with the goal merely of not crashing, never considering that we might soar. We at What to Talk About headquarters set out to change this. Ask for stories, not answers One way to get beyond small talk is to ask open-ended questions. Instead of . . . Try . . . Break the mirror When small talk stalls out, it’s often due to a phenomenon we call “mirroring.” Mirrored example: James: It’s a beautiful day! See? Non-mirrored example: James: It’s a beautiful day! See? Leapfrog over the expected response

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Make a Great Impression Curb Conversational Narcissism He's talking about his new Subaru, which reminds you of the battle you waged—and won—with that smarmy Hertz-rental-car dealer in Miami last month. This "faux segue" is a big no-no, says psychologist and business consultant Valerie White. "We are tempted to share impressive things about ourselves, but the one idea you should keep in mind is 'How am I making the other person feel?' " Actively encourage others to talk about themselves, and respond genuinely—without bringing it back to you.

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Want To Make A Good Impression? Try This Trick. In her new book No One Understands You And What to Do About It, social psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson takes a closer look at why we're misunderstood. Unsurprisingly, when people misunderstand us, it often has to do with an inaccurate first impression. Halvorson says that although we're always able to identify our first impressions of others, whether they're true or not, we're not so great at knowing how we come across. We usually have no idea how we've been perceived, which makes damage control pretty tricky. The best stats you've ever seen - Hans Rosling Rosling is a passionate advocate for “liberating” publicly-funded data on the Internet. Select one topic area for which country-specific data might be compared (e.g., education, health, food production, the environment, etc.), and identify what you think are the best sources of data in this area on the Internet. Create a guide that lists these sources, and provides a brief review of each.