Here’s what you should talk about to keep things moving
The art of small talk – some people, and some people don’t. However, small talk is essential to avoid awkward looks and too much silence at the dinner table. Unfortunately, we’re all likely to find ourselves in a situation where we’re not necessarily familiar with the people at the table. However, fear not – you don’t need to be the world’s most outgoing person to survive the night – you have to know what you can ask to keep the conversation moving. Below, you’ll find a few tips about keeping the dialogue flowing at your Chatham, IL dinner table. Enjoy!
Don’t be shy
Chances are if you’re not familiar with them, they’re probably not very familiar with you (at least, I’d hope not). With that in mind, don’t be afraid to be the person that breaks the ice. Anyone at the table will appreciate the person that gets the conversation flowing and breaks the awkward silence, even if they don’t say it.
Have a sense of humor
When you put groups of people together that don’t know each other – I.e., a wedding reception – you never really know what other people are going to say. With that in mind, don’t get too upset about anything and have a sense of humor. Even if it’s just an awkward laugh, it’s better than starting a brawl with the couple across the table from you. If you’re by yourself, a little laughter can endear you to the group, ensuring you won’t be left out as an extra wheel!
Even if you have nothing to say, it’s polite to smile when you’re in company. Not everyone will have something to say on every conversation, but make sure you’re not coming off as aloof or uncaring, that can end up making things even more awkward and the evening that much more unpleasant for you and the rest of the group!
Ask good questions
Finally, it’s good to ask questions about these types of scenarios. It helps the conversation flow, gives people something to relate to, and helps you learn more about the people around you. Here are a few good questions that you can ask to get things moving!