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Sarah Goodell on August 28, 2012
You never know when you're going to end up in a conversation that could lead to your next job. The goal of chatting with people at events is to discover shared interests that help you reconnect later. Fast Company recently published a great article to guide you in using small talk to make networking connections.
While the main purpose of small talk is not solely to discuss business, you should find a balance between letting others know what you do and what experience you have, while not only talking about work the whole time. Discuss topics that are of interest to you, but also try and determine what may be of interest to your conversation partner. Staying relaxed and enjoying the conversation are key to engaging in successful small talk.
Fast Company suggests using the following questions to get the conversation flowing:
To read the rest of the article's conversation openers, check out the full story. CAC also offers several resources on small talk in situations including networking and informational interviews, which can be found here and here.
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