The Power of Small Talk (3)
Breakstone says small talk can also serve as an informal greeting. And Lyons adds that sales representatives and service workers use it to put clients at their ease.
He also advises Umemura not to respond in too much detail to questions like, "How's the world treating you?" as the askers are usually not seriously inquiring into his well-being. Collins recommends vague or unexpected answers.
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The Power of Small Talk (2)
Lyons says small talk is an acquired skill for Americans, one they must deliberately work on, and recommends that Umemura talk about things like Japan's cherry blossoms when discussing the spring weather.
Collins says small talk helps start conversations between people who don't know each other. And Breakstone adds that it can fill uncomfortable pauses at parties and receptions.
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