SMALL TALK HACKS |Communication skills to be instantly likable|akash karia
Communication skills are needed to speak appropriately with a wide variety of people whilst maintaining good eye contact, demonstrate a varied vocabulary and tailor your language to your audience, listen effectively, present your ideas appropriately, write clearly and concisely, and work well in a group

1. Creating a stellar first impression with non-verbal communication:

  • Make conscious choice to be enthusiastic
  • Be aware of your posture: confident, open, bold, strong
  • Smile
  • Eye contact
  • Dress to impress

2. Breaking through fear and breaking the ice:

  • Use your surroundings to your advantage
  • Capitalize on current events and trends
  • Ask great questions and listen for answers with curiosity
  • Just say “hello”
  • Give sincere compliments
  • Solicit an opinion which is related to what they are saying
  • Share your product or service you offer to people and community
  • Be yourself, best version of you.

3. Seal a memorable verbal impression in 30 seconds :

first impression is always important and people will always remember you for how you introduced yourself for first few seconds if you don’t know the person well about and your meeting for first time.

4. Listen more than speak, become an active listener:

  • Nonverbal cues
  • Reflection and restatement
  • Ask questions
  • Avoid distractions
  • Don’t interrupt
  • Embrace a pause

5. Make your personality shine:

  • Become more charismatic
  • Do share opinions
  • Don’t be obnoxious and too loud
  • Do share your passions
  • Don’t be boring
  • Do be empathetic
  • Don’t be negative

6. Going from introduction to intimacy:

  • Invite approach
  • Avoid judgement
  • Be genuine
  • Ask for help
  • Tell how you can help
  • Be personal , sometimes to get connection, ask personal questions and personal story.
  • Let friendship flow naturally.

7. Keep your conversation alive:

  • Don’t be too afraid of silence
  • Saving a dying conversation: go back to the beginning, tackle transition topic: hobbies, local flavor, professions, events.
  • state the obvious: an awkward silence getaway point humorously.
  • Change the focus: let the speaker speak, be good listener.

8. Avoid stopping a conversation cold:

Sex, offensive humor, finances, health issues, monopolizing, forcing opinions on others, distracted body language, negativity, profanity, fishing for compliments, apologize if made a mistake.

9. How to end the conversation positively:

  • Give your reason for needing to leave
  • Express appreciation
  • Positive reflection
  • Exchange contact information
  • Suggest a future meeting
  • A good last impression.

10. Wrap up: Following up on a conversation to develop relationships

  • Take the first step
  • Don’t wait too long to follow up
  • Give reminders
  • Follow up on something you discussed
  • Set up meeting
  • Moving forward with your relationship
  • Wrap up.