Small Talk

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    Guests: Laurie Helgoe, Elizabeth Bernstein, Chris Colin

    “Hey. How are you? Everything good?” … Marty talks about the necessary, and sometimes maligned, act of small talk in America. For many, making idle, inconsequential banter with strangers, friends of friends or business acquaintances is a daunting task. But studies have shown that a “gift for gab” is helpful in garnering a positive image, both socially and professionally, and can also boost the mood of both parties involved. To discuss the benefits of small talk, how to do it effectively, and why some might dislike it, we’re joined by ELIZABETH BERNSTEIN who authors the “Bonds” column for The Wall Street Journal, CHRIS COLIN, co-author of What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with Your Boss’s Boss, and LAURIE HELGOE, psychologist and author of Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life is Your Hidden Strength.

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