Small talk conversation

In previous post we already talked about the reasons why it is important to be able to manage Small Talk situations even in business

Now let’s look at two versions of a sample small talk conversation, and let’s consider some details that make one of them seem more engaging, making the participants sound more interested. 

Sample conversation ONE:

A: Did you see the match last night?
B: No, actually I didn’t. Did you?
A: Yeah, I did, it was a great match. We won. Are you into watching sport?
B: Well, not so much now. But I quite liked football when I was younger. I don’t watch much of it today. I guess you like sports, don’t you?
A: Yeah, I do. I actually used to be a basketball coach.
B: A basketball coach?
A: Yeah.
B: Aha, and where did you play or train?
A: Well, I started here in a small Barcelona team and then coached a couple of other teams too.
B: Nice. I don’t know much about basketball. Are there good teams here?

Sample conversation TWO:

A: Did you see the match last night?
B: No, I didn’t.
A: It was a great match. We won. Are you into watching sport?
B: No. But I liked football when I was younger. I don’t watch much of it today. I guess you like sports.
A: Yes, I do. I used to be a basketball coach.
B: And where did you play or train?
A: I started here in a small Barcelona team and then coached a couple of other teams too.
B: I don’t know much about basketball. Are there good teams here?

First of all, answer these questions:

  1. In which conversation does speaker B seem more interested in talking about sport? In conversation ONE or TWO? 
  2. How can you tell from the text?
Let’s look at the details in the differences in the two conversations to check your answers.

 

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