ESL Business Talk: Small Talk

In this post, the discussion will be about small talk.

  • When do you do small talk?
  • When do you avoid small talk?
  • How do you feel about small talk?
  • How much time do you spend doing small talks?
  • Do you think small talk is important? Why (not)?
  • Do you use the same questions with everyone?
  • What is your challenge with small talk?
  • Which is better, asking questions or answering questions?
  • How do you introduce yourself?
  • How do you handle awkward silence?
  • How do you know if this is a person you will continue a relationship with?
  • When and how do you exchange personal information?
  • How do you back out of a conversation?
  • How do you transition the conversation from small talk to actual business?

Small Talk Questions:

  • Do you think asking about the weather is good? Why (not)?
  • Do you think asking about someone’s job is good? Why (not)?
  • What is your favorite question to ask? Why?
  • What is your back pocket question?
  • How do you break the ice?

What are opened ended questions to ask to keep the conversation going? Examples:

  • Describe for me…
  • Tell me about….
  • How did you…
  • What was that like for you?
  • What brought you to…
  • Why?/How come?

How would you respond to these questions?

Business Related:

  • Describe a typical day at the job.
  • What got you interested in your job?
  • What do you enjoy most about your profession?
  • What do you see at the coming trends in your business?
  • What was the best job you ever did? The worst?

Social Related:

  • Tell me about the best vacation you ever taken?
  • What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
  • If you could replay any moment in your life, what would it be?
  • Tell me about your kids/family.
  • Describe a memorable teacher you had.
  • What’s the origin/history of your last name?
  • Why were you named _____?
  • Tell me something most people would never guess about you.
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    • Jane
    • January 12, 2017
    Reply

    Hi

    Thanks so much for providing so many interesting and Useful
    categories. Conferene Calls and the above have been so helpful.

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