3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 14, 2013 10:04 PM by Jane Brown RSS

Is there value in chit chat?

Jane Brown Master
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My husband can talk to ANYONE.  He meets someone for the first time and talks about the weather, starts topics he would like to discuss, asks questions and tries to build on the other person's comments, offers information about himself, and when I show my boredom, he does give a signal statement and we leave.

 

Do you find value in this kind of chit chat? 

  • Re: Is there value in chit chat?
    vreeds New User
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    I have one of those too. He can talk to anyone, anywhere, and I struggle when meeting new people.  Am I just shy? He thinks a stranger is a friend he hasn't met, and does seem to turn everyone he meets into a friend or at least an acquaintance whom he will meet a second time and it is like a happy reunion.  How do some people do this?

  • Re: Is there value in chit chat?
    Jeanne Rogers Apprentice
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    I guess I am one of those.  Wasn't always, rather shy as a kid and self conscious.  But I love to smile and interact with others, and over the years I've met some wonderful people I'd never have known had I not started a conversation. I've attended numerous professional development opportunities over the years and some of the most beneficial have been those aimed at developing leadership skills. The chit chat isn't easy for me as I've always been so focused and work oriented. But that has changed and it's great.  'Course my husband gets annoyed every now and then and wonders why I talk to strangers at the grocery store, offering assistance and such.

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