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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).

2. The Power of “Hello”
Be the first to say “hello.” You might be viewed as a snob if you are not. If you’re not sure the other person will remember you, give the gift of your name to help out. For example, “Jared Holst? Debra Fine… good to see you again.” Smile first and always shake hands when you meet someone. This sets the stage for the rest of the conversation.

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