It’s Monday again, and there’s a chance you’ll bump into your boss on your way to work, share a lift with him or her, or queue up to buy coffee alongside him or her. If you’re friends with your boss, it isn’t problem. However, if your relationship with your boss is one that’s extremely hierarchical, the thought of being within a metre from him or her is extremely uncomfortable and daunting. The key is to go to work loaded with small talk topics.
Small talk topic 1: Weekend activities
After the usual pleasantries, you can launch the question “How was your weekend?”. Make sure you have an answer to this yourself because if your boss isn’t in the mood to share about his or her weekend, then you’ll have to do most of the talking. Remember that the weekend activities don’t need to be exciting or interesting. As long as you can remember what you did and hopefully be able to cite a highlight, you should be okay.
Small talk topic 2: Weather
It’s great if you live in Melbourne as this is a fantastic talking point in this city. Don’t worry, though, as talking about the weather is a saving topic anywhere in the world. Hot, cold, just right, cool, warm, changeable, freezing, windy, snowing, raining, name it. You can talk about the current weather, the weather over the weekend and the effects on your life, or the weather forecast.
Small talk topic 3: Traffic
In a city where the flow of traffic affects people’s lives, this can be a good topic for small talk. You can also talk about roadworks, accidents, or track works as this can affect the increase in vehicles on the roads, too.
Small talk topic 4: Children
If you’re ready to share a bit of your life, you can talk about your children. This works extremely well if your boss has a child as well. A bit of information from your end can be used a springboard to push your boss to talk about his or her kids. With a bit of encouragement, all you’ll need to do is ask what, where, when, why, who and why in response to every bit of story, and you’re off the hook.
Small talk topic 5: Pets
If your boss has a pet, ask about it. You can steer the conversation to this subject by mentioning about your pet, a friend’s pet or an imaginary pet. If your boss is a private person and not everyone knows about his or her pet, don’t just mention it out of the blue as this might creep him or her out.
Take a deep breath. There’s only a 50% chance you’ll be in this awkward situation with your boss, and if ever the other 50% emerged victorious, with these five small talk topics up your sleeve, you’ll be alright.