Art of Small Talk

Art of Small Talk


To develop the need for people to maintain a positive face and feel approved of by those who are listening to them, thereby lubricating social interactions in a very flexible way.

Module I : (6 Hours)

  • Art of small talk
  • Meaning- Need
  • Importance of talk
  • Steps in conversation
  • Easy ways to develop small talk

Module II : (7Hours)

  • Small talk in business
  • Making small talk
  • Mistakes in talk
  • Tips to master the art of small talk
  • Initiating a talk
  • Sustaining a talk
  • Ending a talk

Module III : (8Hours)

  • Verbal Communication
  • Non -Verbal Communication
  • Kinesis
  • Proxemics
  • Para Language
  • Channels
  • Barriers
  • Effective talking

Module IV : (9Hours)

  • Speaking
  • Fluency in speaking
  • Participating in Small talks
  • Making short formal talks
  • Describing people
  • places-events and things
  • Group discussion talks

Suggested Readings

  • Holmes, J. & Fillary, R. (2000) "Handling Small Talk at Work: challenges for workers with intellectual disabilities", International Journal of Disability 47,3.
  • Chriss Wright : Handbook of Practical Communication Skills, Jaico Publishing House.
  • Communication: Making Connections (7th Edition) William J Seller, Addison Wesley
  • Study Speaking: A Course in Spoken English For Academic Purposes. Anderson, Kenneth, Joan, New Delhi: OUP, 2008
  • Marilyn Anderson, Pramod K Nayar and Madhucchandra Sen. Critical Thinking, Academic Writing and Presentation Skills. Pearson Education and Mahatma Gandhi University.

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