Small talk, maybe you won’t kill me

Small talk exhausts me. “How unusual,” you say. Seriously. As a borderline extrovert/introvert I can handle it pretty well. But then I need to be by myself for a long time.

Just in time for the holidays, I happened on this oh-so-helpful story in The Muse: 48 Questions That’ll Make Awkward Small Talk So Much Easier. There are examples by context (e.g., work, food, travel). Who wouldn’t love to ask, or be asked, questions like these?

  • What was your first job? Did you like it?
  • What’s the best “hidden gem” around here?
  • What’s your go-to comfort food?
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
  • Do you have any podcast suggestions for my commute?

I do pity the person who would ask me the last one. After a couple of minutes they’d pretend like they have to use the restroom.

P.S. The Muse is a great career advice and coaching site.

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