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Keep conversations light and not about work.

Even if you’re dreading your office holiday party, you still have to go. Here’s your survival guide

You don't have to stay for the entire office holiday, but you also shouldn't skip it. Here's your office party survival guide.

There’s a less painful way to make small talk than asking ‘What do you do?’

If making small talk is painfully awkward for you, it might be because you're asking the wrong questions. For example, the question "What do you do?" can be too intimate of a question for some people. A better version of the question is "What keeps you busy?"

Need to Know podcast: Conversation tips for making small talk in a social setting

Get to know how to master the art of small talk.

Research once suggested small talk makes us unhappy — here’s why that’s not true

A study in 2010 found that small talk was bad for our mental wellbeing, but a follow up from the same team suggests that isn't the case. Small talk isn't as important as deep, meaningful conversation, but it isn't exactly bad either.
Conversation with strangers doesn't have to be excruciating.

A communication expert shares 4 conversation tips for people who hate small talk

Conversation with strangers comes easily for some. For others, it can be terrifying. Small talk is important for making connections and forming both personal and professional relationships. If you're looking to improve your conversation skills, here's how to become a pro at small talk.
You can only discuss the weather for so long.

14 ways to skip the shallow small talk and have deep conversations

Small talk can be awkward and excruciating if it goes on too long. We rounded up the best strategies to take your conversations to the next level.
Ditch the awkwardness.

People hate small talk so much that some hosts have started banning it from their parties

Making awkward small talk is unavoidable — except at these parties, where the No. 1 rule is that guests aren't allowed to engage in idle chit-chat.