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That moment of awkward silence has come again and you are fumbling in your head for any type of subject that you can speak to this person about.  The worst part is you want that person to come to your rescue and provide the subject for a conversation.  I know I have found myself in this situation many times.  It can be quite alarming.  Small talk subjects can be hard to come by especially if you don’t have the confidence to converse.   I have a few tips that I have found to be helpful in getting some small talk going that can definitely diffuse this type of situation.

Common Ground One of the best ways to help diffuse this situation is to be prepared in the moment.  What I mean by this is have some subjects in your head that most people would be able to discuss.  A lot of people are prone to the weather but many times this can come across cliché.  However this does still work even today to break the ice.  If you are in a similar situation, for example maybe you are in a line or something you can comment on how long the line is, or something in the situation that can give you some common ground. 

Opinions or Similarities Another way to be prepared in the moment is to have something insightful about what is going on in the world.  Most people like to know what is going on and share their opinions on things in the world.  It is very easy to bring up conversations about something that almost everybody knows something about.  For instance maybe noticing that someone is wearing a hat for a sports team or sweater or something like that and commenting on how the team is doing.  Talking about the economy right now can spur some very interesting conversation, if you are up to it.

Familiar Topics Some other great small talk subjects that you can use could just be the familiar ones like where somebody is from or what they do for work and many other avenues that can come naturally after you break the ice with that person.  I would definitely not recommend these as ways to break the ice however.  You can lead into better conversation as you get further along in talking to the person. 

In small talk many times the subject isn’t as important as the feeling behind the subject.  The most important part many times is just trying.  Usually if the other person is feeling any inclination for small talk they will try to expound on your efforts.  Small talk subjects can be many and depending on the person you are speaking to you can get a feel for it.

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