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When you walk into your office, get your cup of steaming hot coffee, and sit down at your desk to begin your work, you face the realization that it could be a very busy and long day. Work, such as typing memos, sending faxes, and answering phone calls, will help the time pass. Talking with your coworkers will also help. What will you talk about, though?

One thing you could talk about is family. If you and your coworkers all have children, you could talk about what they are doing. Your children might be involved in sports, for example. You could talk about how their team is doing. If you have a dog, and the dog recently had puppies, you could talk about your plans for the puppies. Are you selling them or keeping them? If you decide to sell them, what will you do with the money?

A coworker may have recently published an article on a website. You could congratulate him and ask if there are other articles in the works. If you are interested in publishing articles online, you could ask how he found out about this type of work.

You could talk about what is happening on your favorite reality show. There might be a contestant that you like who is doing really well, for example. The contestant seems to be an audience favorite and each week manages to pick the perfect song to suit his voice. You are hoping that he will win the competition. You can ask your coworkers what they have been watching on television lately.

You could talk about the upcoming Super Bowl. Who are you rooting for? Are you more excited about the game or the commercials? Are you planning a Super Bowl party? What are you going to fix? What are your coworkers doing on Super Bowl Sunday? Are they also planning a Super Bowl party, or do they have other plans?

You could talk about what is going on at work, such as upcoming meetings, projects, and conventions. You might be nervous about an upcoming presentation that you have been asked to give, for example. You can ask your coworkers for advice on how to give a good presentation. They will probably recommend that you research your topic, take a deep breath, smile, and avoid talking too fast. They may also tell you to remember that they are your coworkers, and that neither they nor your supervisor is going to bite. It is only a presentation, after all. Relax, and do your best.

One thing to avoid talking about at the office, however, is politics. This is a sensitive topic for some, and in an office, there may be opposing political viewpoints. In order to avoid a conflict over clashing political views, it is best to avoid talking about politics at work and stick with other topics instead.

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