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The power of small talk

bitesize blog May 24, 2024

How do you feel about small talk? Do you love it or hate it?

At 17 years of age, I was the youngest of a group of cousins sitting around my grandmother’s dining-table at her funeral wake. Nobody was speaking! Of course we were all upset, and odd though it may seem we didn’t actually know each other very well, but still!

So I braved up and spoke. I don’t remember what I said but I do remember the relief that went around that table. That nervous ice was broken and we could start to share memories of our lovely Gran.

That’s the power of small talk. It breaks the ice and allows more meaningful conversation to follow.
But not everyone finds it easy and some people actively hate it.

Wherever you stand on it, it has its uses and I would argue it’s an essential part of a competent communicator’s toolkit. Without it, you might never get to those more meaningful conversations.

The good news is it’s a learnable skill!


To find out how I can help you improve your ability to engage in small talk, and communication in general, let’s have a chat.



Rachel Maunder is a communication skills and speaker coach and professional speaker.

She has been in the world of competent communication, in different guises, for more than 30 years so has a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise to pass on to her clients, both through her signature programmes and her own presentations.  

You can find out more about her coaching programmes here and about her speaking topics here


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