Tips for Small Talk With Peers
When entering the job market a skill that you will need to continuously grow and refine is your ability to effectively communicate with others. While at work you will discuss projects, budgets, timelines, and goals. However, there will also be times where you get to know your peers on a more personal level while sharing personal information about yourself.
Creating a deeper understanding of the people you work with everyday can create an environment of clear and open communication. There are, of course a few do and don’ts of what’s appropriate and what’s not. DO focus on communicating about your interest and hobbies and DON’T provide information about your personal relationships.
Overall, you will need to pay attention to each relationship and identify what boundaries have been put into place both verbally and non-verbal. Know if you have a supervisor who would be offended if you chose to use a “few choice” words out of anger, excitement or habit.
After correctly identifying each relationship, how do you successfully navigate through the awkward silence, unfunny jokes, and sometimes limited connectivity. First get out of your head and search to find common ground in which you can communicate, start with work and those common goals. Next begin to make small talk and organically develop a relationship here are a few tips you can use when making small talk with you supervisor.
1. Sports Teams
3. Personal Story
4. Professional Achievements
6. Professional Organizations
8. High School
9. Home Town
10. Animal Lover
Check out an episode of The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl & Friends laughing this is a great series to watch while at work with down time.
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