Seven Ways to Get Better at Making Small Talk

“The fallback for a lot of people is like the newscast ‘hourly update’ — traffic, sports, weather and so on. Drill this into your head: It is a horrible icebreaker.”

When it comes to small talk, you can do a lot better than just asking, “How are you?”

Gary Burnison shares seven ways to make better small talk including to open your eyes before you open your mouth, share news that actually happened to you, and ask follow up questions.

RELATED: How to ask better questions and have more interesting conversations.