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Research topics in advance

Research topics in advance

learn how to master small talk topics by researching ahead to have better conversations.

🎯 Define your goals

Before you start your research, be clear about what you want to achieve. Do you want to get better at small talk, to expand your network, to develop professionally, or just to be more confident in social situations? Your goals will influence the types of topics you research.

🕵️ Identify relevant topics

Think about what topics might be relevant to your goals. For example, if you work in a technical profession and want to expand your network in that industry, topics such as current technology trends, industry news, or professional conferences might be of interest.

📚 Start your research

Use a variety of sources to gather information on the topics you have identified. These can be online news sites, trade journals, blogs, podcasts, or even social media posts. Make sure that the information is up-to-date and reliable.

📝 Create a list of topics of conversation

After your research, you should create a list of potential topics of conversation. For each topic, try to write down a few interesting points or questions that you could bring up in a conversation.

🤔 Think about possible courses of conversation.

Try to imagine how a conversation on the topics you have chosen might go. What could be possible answers or counter-questions from your counterpart? How could you react to them? This will help you to better prepare for the conversation.

🔄 Practice and adapt

Practice the conversations in your head or with friends and family. You'll notice which topics work well and which don't. Adjust your list and research accordingly.

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