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2010-09-21 16-57-08

I want to know what are several great examples of small talk I can use for employees within or outside of my department. My new workplace is like a college campus, and I want to get to know people without being too pushy. common work topics? common social topics? Most of all I want to learn how to be friendly. Before I worked at Barnes & Noble, and the staff consisted mostly of women. I talked to at least one or two, but I couldn't find any common bond between myself. At that place you *can* socialize, but I didn't know what to talk about besides "what book are you currently reading?" We ignored each other, and then people labeled me as the "unfriendly guy."
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2010-10-05 22-25-38

unfortunately, most americans want to discuss inane pop culture they find extremely important. i try to do that while suppressing the urge to vomit.
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2010-10-11 5-59-05-

with pop culture, I don't even know where to start.
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    2010-10-14 21-49-33

    Sports, Industry news and trends, Music, ask people what they do outside of work, a lot of coworkers and former coworkers I have worked with go to happy hours, but that can be a double-edged sword and people have been fired over it, so just be neutral and respectful until you see and learn how people are and what they are about.
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    2010-10-15 16-56-33

    LOL- so ya did not read that book. . . How to talk to anybody about anything or something like that. I usually find asking about vacations or even local tourist attractions are sometimes an ice melting device. Books, movies, opinions of stuff in the news are also fine. But I try to stay off my soapbox even if I do have strong opinions. If I was not asked for my opinion, why should I be blabbing it. And even if I was asked, I might prefer to keep my own ideas private. But take heart- it is nice to not have everyone feel compelled to talk all the time and neither tell you their life story or expect you to tell yours. After all, in work situations, you are usually there to work rather than socialize.
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    2010-10-16 11-28-16

    yes, you are correct. At work you are usually there "to work" but everyone (managers or employees) want to work with people who will talk to them about something. I am not a talker, i am a INTJ and will talk about the task rather than the task+what I'm going to have for lunch. I also tend to forget about conversations.
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    2010-10-16 16-18-02

    How to get co workers to open up This takes a bit of practice if you are not used to it, but very soon it will be like second nature. When you arrive greet everyone with a happy smiley "Good Morning!" Later when you run into a colleague ask a peppy "How are you doing?" Usually, you'll get the standard fine or good answer. However, once in a while someone will decide to share something personal to this question. Show interest, ask you coworkers on Friday "Any big plans for the weekend?" If you ask questions and are truely interested, they will tell you. Be interested, remember what they say and follow up later. Ask Sally how the big date went/ how Jr's school play was / did she get to chill out like she planned/ whatever. There are numerous ways to get people to open up and remove communication barriers -- too many to post. The ones I've given you will get you started. You may want to pick up the classic "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnagie. It's a good, classic read and will help you communicate better with everyone. The key is you have to really be interested and care about your co workers. If you take the above and use it superficially they will sense it and respond with mistrust.
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    2010-10-21 18-25-49

    Suggestions I actually got in trouble at work for NOT socializing enough. They want everyone to be best friends here. Weird. I’m not really a social person so it’s been hard. But I have read a couple of books about small talk and it has helped. Here are a few things I’ve learned. 1. Listen closely when someone is talking. They may make a quick mention on something like they have a pet, and you can ask more questions on that. What kind of pet? How old? Is he behaved? Etc. 2. Look at what they are doing. I ask them about a book I see them reading or the music they have on their ipod. 3. Always ask them questions when they are leaving or coming back from vacation. They will have lots to say. This also works for weekends and holidays. 4. When someone asks how my weekend was, I don’t just say fine or good. I’ll give a quick account (Oh I had a great time swimming at the river or I just lounged around the house relaxing). 9 times out of 10 it gets the other person talking about their weekend. Most importantly, keep asking questions. It really helps keep the conversation going.
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