6Making Friends

Whether it's just a minute waiting for an elevator with a colleague or a few hours sat next to a friend's cousin at a wedding, with some people you feel comfortable talking to them and conversation just seems to flow quite naturally. But with others, it's not so easy; trying to engage the other person is like pushing a piano uphill; it's hard work. What to say? What to ask? How to respond? What if there's an awkward silence?

Small talk can be a big challenge. It doesn't come easily to all of us. It can be difficult enough to screw up your courage and initiate small talk, let alone keep a conversation going.

Perhaps you worry that you'll come across as weird or dull and the other person won't want to engage with you. But maybe ...

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