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Small Talk = Success: 10 Tips

Debra Fine

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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).

1. The Rule of Three Come up with three things to talk when preparing for a function along with a couple generic questions that will get others talking. This way you won’t get nervous or stumble trying to come up with something to talk about. If you’ve met the client before, remind yourself of things about her, such as a vacation she was headed to or specifics about his family.

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