On this episode, I chat with an American woman about how to be good at small talk.
English Level: B1 🇺🇸🇨🇦
- Introduction (0:21)
- Why is small talk important? (1:45)
- The difference between German and American Small Talk (3:40)
- What to expect when you enter an English speaking networking event (6:00)
- National stories that influence our small talk behavior (08:52)
- The appropriate response to the question, “How are you”? (13:00)
- Tips to improve your small talk skills (21:00)
- Mistakes as part of the process (23:38)
- A practical small talk scenario for you to practice (25:30)
- Find Ashley on LinkedIn and on the Carl Schulz Haus website (28:58)
- naturally (adv.) – natürlich
- Rapport (noun) – harmonisches Verhältnis
- connection (noun) – Verbindung
- superficial (adj.) – oberflächlich
- inquisitive (adj.) – neugierig, interessiert
- genuine (adj.) – echt, aufrichtig
- reciprocate (verb) – etw. erwidern (Gefühl)
Phrases to Remember:
- bad rep – Abkürzung für bad reputation = schlechter Ruf
- to kill time – an occupation that passes the time
- heavy lifting – Ausdruck, um zu vermitteln, dass der schwierige Teil getan wurde (The heavy lifting is done, now we can relax a bit)
- strike a chord – If something strikes a chord with you, it makes you feel sympathy or enthusiasm.
Mistake to Avoid:
Tell me about yourself NOT tell me about you (7:35)
- Why does small talk have a bad reputation?
- What’s a big difference between American networking events and German networking events?
- What does Ashely say about German kindness? When do Germans show their kindness?
- What should you pay attention to when you ask someone the question, “How are you”?
- What are the three tips Ashley gives to improve small talk skills?
- What do Ashley and Jorge call the back and forth in a small talk scenario?
Question to consider:
Which small talk advice did you consider valuable?
- Find Ashley on LinkedIn
- English-Speaking Entrepreneurs Group
- Most Common Mistakes Germans Make in English
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