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Small Talk for the 4th of July Holiday

The 4th of July is a much awaited summer holiday. For many students mid May to Mid June starts summer vacation. During the summer vacation, many look forward to celebrating Independence Day, which falls on July 4. While many working professionals do get July 4th off, as it is a national and bank holiday, some […]

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How are you holding up? – When to ask and how to answer

When times are stressful or life is challenging, especially during our #stayathome and lockdown times, people may ask each other “How are you holding up?” to start a conversation. Learn more about this question, how it compares to the small talk opener “How are you?” and how to answer it. [Transcript of the video follows.] […]

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How to Start a Chat with a US American Person

Recently, a few of my friends in the US who weren’t familiar with Indian culture reached out to me with this concern, “A few people from India reached out to me to be my Facebook friend.. but why are they asking me if I am married, have kids or who I am living with? How […]

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6 Small Talk Conversation Starters

Small talk is no small thing. It is what opens doors of conversation, business dealings, and future friendships. But what is small talk? When do you use small talk? Why is it used by Americans? What are some safe topics to bring up?  Small talk is polite conversation about unimportant matters. Small talk is never rude, […]

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Tips to Network at Conferences and Trade Shows

With over 20,000 attendees, almost 200 sponsors and probably another 100 speakers and panelists, the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit is ripe for networking. This is my second year in attendance. Amazingly I was able to recognize at least five people in the sea of humanity that I have met last year. Though there were some […]

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2019 Flashback: Hiking, Cycling, and Having Fun at Work

2019 – The Year Before The World Changed!  At the end of every year, looking back on milestones can help motivate us to see what we have achieved and also help us to prepare our mind and motivate us for the year ahead.   Hope you had a great year in 2019!! I had a great […]

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Labor Day Small Talk: Dos and Don’ts With US Counterparts

Where as most countries in the world commemorate Labour Day (UK Spelling) on May 1, we, in the US commemorate the day on the first Monday of September (In 2019, the date will be Sept. 2). While this day is not really used to historically commemorate the true meaning of the day anymore, many in […]

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A Disruptive Idea in the Sharing Economy

Would you be interested in pooling your money with your friends and family to save money on everyday services like cell phone plans, online subscriptions, dog walking, lawn mowing or other services? If you could do this, you would not only be able to reduce your reoccurring expenses, but possibly be able purchase services and […]

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American Sports: What is Baseball?

As the weather in the United States warms in late May, baseball becomes a popular topic of conversation.  Summer and baseball are a perfect marriage.  So, if you are soon to engage an American in conversation, a timely subject would be baseball and the World Series.  Arial View of the Baseball Diamond (Playing Field) 1. […]

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Should I Wish Americans a “Happy Memorial Day?”

No is the short answer.  Though I grew up in the U.S. and never wished anyone a Happy Memorial Day, I wanted to learn more about this to share it with you.  Let’s Learn More About Memorial Day Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember fallen soldiers (unlike Veterans Day); those who have […]

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