You can look at small talk as a waste of time before you get to the “real” reason for the conversation. You can look at it as a way to break the ice before getting down to business.
But that makes it seem like small talk is a waste of time. Small talk isn’t just filler. It’s the first step in building relationships AND it can help you develop resiliency.
Resiliency is a result of overcoming new challenges when you step out of your comfort zone. It’s a quality good leaders rely on, and it can start with small talk.
Step out of your comfort zone and talk to a stranger, cold call a potential client, or strike up a conversation with an executive in your office. It’s a low-leverage way to build an important skill. And you’ve already got these sports topics to use: