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Small Talk = Success: 10 Tips

Debra Fine

The ability to connect with others through small talk can lead to big things, according to Debra Fine, author of The Fine Art of Small Talk (Hyperion 2005).


10. Exit Strategy
Have a few exit lines ready, so that you can both gracefully move on. For example, “I need to check in with a client over there,” “I skipped lunch today, so I need to visit the buffet,” or “Who do you know at this meeting that could help me with …?" You want to show you’re engaged, but you also want to talk to as many people as you can!

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