If we’re going to stop dreading certain social situations (networking events, holiday parties…), we have to deal with our dread of small talk.
Common worries I’ve heard from introverts:
- “People think I’m a snob just because I’m not interested in the conversation.”
- “I’m not shy and I am friendly, but I don’t like small talk about nothing.”
The small talk concern is one of those hot button issues for introverts. I’ve noticed that just saying the phrase “small talk” leads to instant groans and rolling their eyes.
I’m an introvert who used to hate small talk too, so I can smile with recognition when introverts groan about it. But now it feels totally fine. And I didn’t change who I am.
I have some easy solutions here.