S1E3: What is Small Talk? (Part 3) Transcript
Welcome to episode 3 of the small talk audio courses. I want us to look at some examples of good and bad small talk:
(Bumping into a colleague in the lift)
Simon: Hi, Bill! How have you been?
Bill: Not too bad, thanks. And yourself? How’s everything going with the Green’s project?
Simon: Yeah fine, thanks. It’s going well. We hope to have things wrapped up by the end of the week.
Bill: That’s good to hear. I know you were all working really hard on that.
Good or bad?: Good
(Mike sees a new colleague who started last week by the vending machine)
Mike: Hi, Mary, isn’t it?
Mary: Yeah that’s right.
Mike: Nice to meet you. I’m Mike.
Mary: Nice to meet you, too!
Mike: So what’s it like working with Anne? I heard she’s really picky!
Mary: Umm, it’s fine…
Good or bad?: Bad. Mary is clearly uncomfortable and has got a very bad first impression of Mike.
(John bumps into his neighbour at the supermarket)
John: Hi, Jane! How’s it going?
Jane: Yeah fine, thanks! How are things with you? Lovely weather, isn’t it!
John: Yeah it’s fine weather! We’re heading over to Jill’s sister’s this evening for a barbecue so I’m just stocking up on some beers.
Jane: Oh that will be nice. Tell them both I said hi!
John: Will do!
Topic: Family, mutual acquaintances.
Good or bad?: Good
(Introducing a new member to the team)
Lionel: Hi Kelly, I’d like you to meet Sara. She’s from our London branch. She travelled down today.
Sara: Hi Kelly, nice to meet you.
Kelly: Nice to meet you, Sara. Wow, what a lovely coat! Is that a Burberry? How much did it cost? Those things are so expensive!
Topic: Money/personal appearance.
Good or bad?: Bad. Whilst the intention may be good (giving a compliment on Sara’s coat), talking about money or personal finances is not a good topic for small talk.
Well, that’s all for now. Stay tuned for episode 4 where I will offer some more tips for small talk.
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