It is funny the way the difference between how you see yourself and how others see you. For example, I consider myself quite shy, but others think of me more of a "serious" person. So as a shy-serious person I often find it difficult to make small talk.
So imagine my joy at finding this. Mike Wagner (I am sure nobody has ever accused him of being shy) provides the following questions that will engage people while simultaneously provide you with those small talk topics that can be so hard to think of:
- Family – Where’s home, originally, for you? Do you have brothers and sisters? Where do you fit in the pecking order?
- Occupation – How do you make a living? Has it been a good experience working there?
- Recreation – When you’re not working, what do you do for fun?
Write these down, memorise them, and then go talk to someone you don’t know! Woah … I am getting cold shivers just thinking about it.