I have never been a fan of small talk mostly because I’ve never been good at it! I usually add a couple of comments to the conversation and promptly follow that up with far more than my fair share of awkward silence. Yep. That’s me! So when I had a chance to read an early release of Small Talk Rules by Gregory Peart, I thought, why not? It certainly can’t hurt anything! And that’s putting it mildly.
I love the way this book is set up. It’s 65 short chapters, each focusing on a different aspect of small talk we can improve in, such as: be the one to start the conversation; avoid a monotone voice (I never even really thought about this one); don’t start a conversation with a deep subject (guilty again!). And so much more.
I enjoyed the little examples thrown in with each chapter. I found the book so helpful I downloaded it from Kindle Unlimited to study and put as many of the suggestions as I dare into practice and see if I can get to the point where I can hold my own in small talk, if not come to actually enjoy it. That still feels a bit of a stretch for me! I’m also so impressed with this book that I’m giving it five stars. That’s huge for me! I’m usually not so liberal with stars on self-help or business books. But I thought this one was a winner!
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.