Mastering the art of small talk

Special to the Sun

Does the idea of walking into a mixer where you only know one person fill you with dread or fear? ,When you go to a business or committee meeting, do you wonder what you’re going to say after the obligatory, “hi, how are you?”

Small talk is the back and forth you have with strangers and acquaintances. Why is it important to hone this skill? People like to do business with those with whom they’ve established common ground.

A good networker is looking to foster relationships and build a community.

And while this form of communication may be “small,” it’s really a big deal when it comes to your personal and professional success, and your overall happiness.

Join the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce for a “brown bag” gathering when Membership Manager Melody Rebbeck will share tips to help you start, and keep a conversation going.

The free event is from noon to 1:30 p.m. at For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. Visit to learn more.

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