Want To Know What Is A Small Talk And What Is Not? Take This Quiz!

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Small talk is an informal type of discourse that does not cover any functional topics of conversation or any transactions that need to be addressed. In essence, it is polite conversation about unimportant things. Want to know what is a small talk and what is not? Take this quiz!


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  • 1. 
    What is small talk?
    • A. 

      Conversations about tiny objects like pencils and phones

    • B. 

      Light conversation about serious topics

    • C. 

      Light conversation, usually about non-work topics

    • D. 

      A means of opening communication between colleagues

  • 2. 
    Should you pay attention to your conversation partner's answers when engaging in small talk?
    • A. 

      Yes, so that you can tailor your responses and mirror their communication style

    • B. 

      No, it is only small talk

    • C. 

      Yes, it helps to build rapport

    • D. 

      Sometimes, but only when the topic interests you

  • 3. 
    The Irish like to talk about their dismal weather. True or false?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    When talking to an Irish colleague you have just met, you should feel free to discuss religious and political issues.
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 5. 
    Is food a safe topic of conversation in most places?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 6. 
    Which of the following are examples of small talk topics that are best avoided ?
    • A. 

      TV/Entertainment

    • B. 

      Food

    • C. 

      Salary

    • D. 

      Recent History

  • 7. 
    Choose the best phrases to finish this sentence. Small talk is good because...
    • A. 

      It gives speakers a chance to get to know each other informally and find common interests

    • B. 

      It enables speakers to practice their understanding of each other's accents

    • C. 

      It distracts others while you find your presentation notes

    • D. 

      It enables you to create an informal bond with your conversation partner

  • 8. 
    When engaged in small talk, which of the following should you avoid?
    • A. 

      Trying to outdo everything the other person says

    • B. 

      Restricting your answers to a nice, simple yes or no

    • C. 

      Keeping an eye on the clock so that you know when your 3 minutes of planned conversation is up

    • D. 

      Asking highly personal questions to see how much information the other person will give away

  • 9. 
    Small talk can be a very useful networking tool. True or false?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    Which of the following are good topics to talk about with someone that you don't know?
    • A. 

      Sport

    • B. 

      Weather

    • C. 

      Politics

    • D. 

      Religion

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