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How to get good at small talk?

The video explores effective small talk, highlighting the importance of setting suitable goals, such as genuine interest in others. It challenges the belief in quick responses, emphasizing the value of appropriate ones and suggesting techniques like paraphrasing to enhance communication during small talk interactions.

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In this video, the host discusses the art of engaging in small talk effectively. He emphasizes setting the right goals, such as being genuinely interested in others rather than trying to appear interesting. He also highlights the common anxiety associated with small talk and suggests ways to reduce it, like shifting focus onto the other person. The video challenges the belief that responding quickly reflects competence and promotes the idea that an appropriate response is more crucial, even if it takes some time. Paraphrasing is recommended as a technique to listen attentively and ensure clear communication. The video also mentions the use of the phrases such as "tell me more" to enhance conversations by inviting others to elaborate. In essence, the text provides guidance on making small talk more enjoyable and less intimidating by focusing on the right goals and effective communication techniques.


• Small talk: conversation about things that are not important, often between people who do not know each other well.

• Effective: producing the intended results.

• Highlighting: to attract attention to or emphasize something important.

• Setting: choosing, defining.

• Suitable: being right or correct for a particular situation.

• Genuine: honest.

• Emphasizing: to show that something is very important or worth giving attention to.

• Paraphrasing: to repeat something using different words.

• Enhance: to improve the quality, amount, or strength of something.

• Engaging: starting a conversation.• Reduce: to become or to make something become smaller in size, amount, degree, importance.

• Shifting: moving.

• Belief: the feeling of being certain that something is true.

• Enjoyable: giving pleasure or satisfaction.

• Matchmaker: someone who arranges relationships or marriages between people.

• Academic (noun): a person involved in education or scholarly work.

• Inquisitively (adverb): in a curious or inquiring manner.

• Gist: the most important pieces of information about something, or general information without details.

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