There’s nothing small about small talk. It’s what starts conversations, and many great friendships and relationships have started with a chat about the weather.
In this two-part virtual workshop, a number of first responder families learnt how to do small talk well.
Here are the top three tips they were given:
Tip 1: When you’re not sure what to say, ask about the other person.
Some great questions to ask include: ‘What are some activities you’re involved in?’ or ‘What did you start out doing?’.
One of our participants shared that her six-year-old daughter is a master of small talk, often asking people, ‘What makes you happy?’
Tip 2: Silence is okay
It’s perfectly okay to have a pause in a conversation. It probably just means you’re both thinking about what to say or what you’d like to ask the other person. The conversation will soon continue.
Tip 3: Be in the moment
When you’re in the moment, you can have a great conversation that starts with small talk. Start with making eye contact, a smile, and asking the person’s name. Then you can pay attention to what they’re saying and ask questions based on the things they’ve told you.
Fortem activities are designed to support the mental fitness of our first responder families. Check out more of the activities and events we have on offer.