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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).

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5. The Active Eye
Maintain eye contact. Show interest in your conversational partner by actively listening and giving verbal feedback. Never glance around the room while they are talking to you. Not only does this show them you are interested in what they are saying, it also conveys a personal confidence. You will show that you are confident in yourself and others will, in turn, have confidence in you.

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