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Small talk. ppt

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Small talk. ppt

  1. 1. •Weather •Current events (not controversial) •Sports •Entertainment •Compiments on clothing or hair
  2. 2. Controversial issues (politics, religion, etc.) Personal information Salaries Negative comments
  3. 3. People make small talk just about anywhere, but there are certain places where it is very common. Most often, small talk occurs in places where people are waiting for something. For example: • while waiting for the bus to arrive. •in a doctor's or dentist's waiting room. •in queues. Social events (such as a party) require small talk among guests who do not know each other very well.
  4. 4. The most common time for small talk to occur is the first time you see or meet someone on a given day.
  5. 5. There are a few different reasons why people use small talk.  Break an uncomfortable silence.  Fill time when you are waiting for something.  Be polite.
  6. 6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjGt9Uskcno https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXxrFlgUK0Q
  7. 7. Discuss the following questions 1. It is common to use small talk when you are waiting in a long line-up. True False 2. Religion is a "safe" topic when making small talk. True False
  8. 8.  3. It is inappropriate to make small talk with your mailman. True False  4. Sport is not a safe topic when making small talk. True False
  9. 9.  5. One should never compliment another person's clothes in order to make small talk. True False  6. Politics is a controversial subject according to society. True False
  10. 10.  7.  It is common to discuss the weather in an elevator. True False  8. One reason people use small talk is to eliminate an uncomfortable silence. True False
  11. 11.  Work in pairs. Imagine you meet a person at a party / elevator / bus stop. What would you talk about?