We all do small talk, only this time of year it’s all about the weather isn’t it? Such a random conversation starter or an awkward silence filler when “hello” or just a “smile” doesn’t seem to be enough. Neighbours, queuers, lift companions, shop assistants, school run mums, people with cute babies and dogs… It’s what we say and to who that can really help us to establish and explore each other’s interests, or in some cases just their manners and politeness. Hands up if you’ve even been brushed off after an attempt to start a silly conversation with someone random? Ignore them… you tried to make their day better!
It’s true though – what you say when making small talk with people can really spark up a conversation and I usually like to start with complements. They usually work, although my neighbours appear to be sick of hearing from me how cute their baby is all the time. Kids don’t really do small talk and you need to be really smart with the elderly as they’ve literally heard it all. Not one for starting conversations with men my age, but I have pleeeenty to chat about with any girl of any age, especially with those who start the small talk first by complementing my new Millbank Radley Bag for example.
“Nice Bag” she said, and 5 minutes later we were still talking about handbags, the perfect handbag size, colour and quality. Apparently, this lovely girl was on the lookout for a classic medium leather grab bag that is smart enough for work and casual enough for weekends. I showed her my Millbank inside and out, let her try it on and even showed her other colours on my phone. I bet she wished she’d never asked (wink!). If this lovely girl would have said something about the weather on the hand, whilst we were waiting for our coffees to go in the same cafe, the small talk would have been still pleasant, but very average and forgettable. But instead, she’ll have a great solution to her problem (remember her bag scarcity?) and I’ll always remember my (very pleasant) first outing with the Radley Millbank grab bag. Girls really don’t need much, boys – take notes!
PS! Yes, it’s rain drops on my bag in that last picture – still a big trending topic here in Glasgow! 😉
SHOP THIS POST:
Huge thank to RADLEY for supporting this post.