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Small Talk and Conversing Quiz

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Question 1

Which of the following are generally true statements:

a. Other people are not like we are. They just want to be left alone.
b. There is always something we would find interesting about another person if we can find it.
c. People are for the most part just like we are and will be happy to talk to strangers so long as they make them feel at ease.
d. Most people are boring and there’s no point in talking to them or getting to know them any better.

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Question 2

If you try to start a conversation or small talk with someone, and you don’t get any response, what is the most likely long term outcome:

a. The other person is going to remember you for life and at some time in the future is going to make you deeply regret having tried to talk to them.
b. The other person is going to tell everyone they meet that you tried to talk to them.
c. The other person will have barely noticed your attempt to talk to them, and it won’t have made any lasting impact on them at all.

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Question 3

List some general guidance if you are be effective in listening to someone:

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Question 4

You are going to an event on your own, and there will be some people you know and a lot you don’t. What preparation work can you do to help you be effective in engaging in small talk and conversations:

Self Assessment:

Question 5

List out some general things you can do to improve your small talk skills:

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Question 6

Is it ok to pay a stranger a complement?

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Question 7

List some of the things that you would be happy talking to a stranger about.

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Question 8

You are trying to engage in small talk with someone you’ve found yourself in close proximity to, but you’re not getting much response. What might be some of the reasons other than that they may just not be interested in talking to you.

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