Module1 Small Talk
How Good Are Your Social Skills?
Have you ever crossed the road to 1 （避免交谈） to someone you recognize? Would you love to go to a party and talk confidently to every guest? Do you want to make more friends but 2 （缺乏信心） to talk to people you don’t know? And are you 3 （对…紧张不安） the idea of being at a social event in another country? Don’t worry--- we can help you!
You needn’t worry about situations like these if you have good social skills. And they are 4 （易于学习）, people with good social skills communicate well if you 5 （预先做些准备）.
Here are a few ideas to help you.
▲Learn how to do small talk
Small talk is very important and 6 （帮助你为…做准备） more serious conversations. Be prepared! Have some low-risk 7 （开场白） ready. For example:
● 8 （想出） a recent news story---not too serious, e.g. a story about
a film star or sports star
●think of things to tell people about your studies
●think of “safe” things you can ask people’s 9 （关于…的观点）
---music, sport, film, etc.
●think of topics that you would avoid if you were talking to strangers--- and avoid talking about them! That way, you don’t 10 your confidence!
▲Develop your listening skills
Listening is a skill which most people lack, but communication is a 11 （双向的过程）--- it involves speaking AND listening. Always remember--- you won’t 12 （给人留下印象） if you talk too much. Here are some ideas to make you a better listener:
●show that you are listening 13 （用一些鼓励性的） noises and gestures---smiling, nodding, saying “uh-huh” and “OK”, etc.