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The gift of gab: Get better at small talk

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Being a successful manager is a combination of skill, training and experience. But much of it also depends on your ability to connect with others in a way that makes them feel valued, and heard. You can improve your capabilities at the latter by learning how to better engage in small talk.

Here are a few tips to boost your small talk skills to better connect with the people you meet, and the professionals you lead.

1. Stay armed with an intriguing response

How many times have you been asked “What’s new?” or “What have you been up to?” How often have you responded with an answer like “Working a lot” or “Just busy with work and family?” Honest as such responses may be, they’re instant conversation killers. EliminateThe instant conversation killer rote responses by writing down one new experience you’ve had at the end of each day. Unimportant as it may seem in the overall scope of your life, trying that new local restaurant, tuning i...(register to read more)

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