I know we all want to have conversations about more than the weather, celebrity gossip, and sports.
All of these phrases are used to describe the genuine, intimate relationships we desire with our friends and family.
I have some bad news though….
Small talk about the “trivial” things of life leads to open doors into the lives of others.
I’m speaking from experience–and if that doesn’t convince you then I’ll appeal to your reasoning.
Small talk helps you gain trust with others.
Trust comes with time.
Trust comes in small moments (or conversations).
Because there’s nothing worse than sharing something with an untrustworthy person.
Trust is like the roller coaster ride where you shoot straight up into the air and then the ride stops at the tip-top. You don’t know when it going to drop…..and then it does!
As you drop back down, your stomach comes up into your throat.
The experience splits in two at this point:
- You get off the ride feeling a bit dizzy, but you’re still standing.
- You get off the ride and immediately hurl everywhere.
(You’re smart enough to see which situation involves a trustworthy and untrustworthy person.)
And this is the best illustration I have about trust, which leads me back to conversations.
Don’t give up on small talk. It’s a crucial part of seeing who is trustworthy and who is not.
I look at small talk as the opportunity to spot open doors.
Get to know someone, build up trust via small talk, and they will open the door for you to talk with them about the things that matter.
Don’t forget your manners either.
Busting the door down means you might not get another invitation.
Why don’t you try knocking first?