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.