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You can be better at small talk without learning any new phrases at all.

This may sound like a provocative claim, but when you consider that the purpose of small talk is to form a bond between you and your conversation partner, it should quickly become obvious that what you say is less important than how you say it and how you behave.

A grammatically incorrect conversation about the weather, for example, is more likely to bring you forward than a flawless debate about repressive governments.

Picking the right subject
Theme is an important choice. Thankfully it’s not so difficult to figure out which themes should be avoided. The list of taboos is fairly universal:

Religion, sickness, death
Politics
Ethnic, regional, and racial differences
Negative conversations about the behaviour, appearance, or misfortune of colleagues
Financial matters, whether personal or corporate
Catastrophes, even if there’s a big one in the news
Any subject that could lead to a conflict of opinion
Personal problems with children or spouses, including divorce and separation
Problems with your weight

Where it’s always safe to go:
The weather
The country, city, or building you’re in ( as long as it’s a compliment )
The event you’re attending
The meal you’ve had or are about to have ( as long as it’s a compliment or positive )
Sport
Hobbies
Culture and art
Your last holiday
A successful project

Keep in mind while you’re speaking that small talk is free from the following:
Anything negative
Anything that might drive apart rather than help bond
Meaningful content

Especially with customers and your boss, stick to the boring, banal, and cliché, and keep it there. Keep it positive, with a smile, and be careful not to let yourself be ambushed. A harmless conversation about something neutral can turn into an awkward conversation if left to develop without conscious controls. If you see a train wreck coming and do nothing to avert it, it will probably come. Change the subject right away.

While the rules for selecting small talk themes are universal, the key is steering clear of discussions about politics, as well as ethnic, regional, racial, and religious differences. This helps you avoid explosive subjects and situations.
This does not mean that small talk is the same everywhere. The difference usually lies not in the choice of subject, however, but in the manner of getting to the goal, which is to move from an introduction into a meaningful business conversation.

Understanding the nuance
The goal of small talk in the US

In the US, for example, the purpose of small talk is to allow two people to get to know each other a little better before diving into a conversation. That’s why you’ll hear Americans being quite direct with personal information:

Hi, I’m Sandra from San Francisco. Where do you live?
Wow, I really like the earrings you’re wearing. Where did you get them?


Americans require a certain amount of personal information about their conversation partners before going further. This helps the speakers find a comfort zone and determine if they are on the same wavelength. If they are not on the same wavelength, a business discussion is unlikely to make any significant progress.

The goal of small talk in the UK
The situation is quite different in the UK. The British do not feel getting to know you better is an essential part of small talk. They tend to view small talk as ‘filler’ to pass the time as a conversation transitions from an introduction, across what would otherwise be an awkward silence, into a real discussion.

You should also be aware that the weather is not an optimal topic for making small talk with British colleagues. You’re likely to be met with an extended-length wave of negativity. The typical conversation goes like this:

You: It’s a bit rainy today, isn’t it?
Your partner: Yes, and it’s been like this for three weeks, now. I’ve really had enough of it. But you know the weather’s often like this here in Glasgow…


Important!
If you get stuck in a weather conversa-tion with a Briton, don’t join in, and certainly don’t talk about where the weather is worse. The British like to think they have the worst weather in the world. They may be right. The best approach is just to agree:
It is miserable, isn’t it?
I guess it’s good for the plants


Since negativity should be avoided at all costs, a better choice of subject matter is usually a shared environment: a city being visited, an office space, a conference centre, etc. If you feel like things are warming up between you — and only then — it’s acceptable to ask about your partner’s holiday.
Now with that said, it seems like the next thing to do is to arrange a small talk session between a number of Britons and Americans — just to see the sparks fly!

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