small talk: (noun) polite conversation about unimportant or uncontroversial matters, especially as engaged in on social occasions.

If you are someone who entertains or attends functions often, it is important you study the art of small talk. Even if you are not that someone, studying this art form could still prove to be very beneficial. You never know when this skill could come in handy; for example, Christmas office parties and cruise ship vacations.

So, here are three informative videos to begin your studies…

Small talk can be awkward for many people, and often you might think “why bother?” with talking on such a surface level. Yet, being able to have a basic conversation with someone you’ve never met can go a long way in helping you connect with other people—whether professionally or personally. In this video, Kyle Ingham of The Distilled Man provides an in-depth tutorial on how to improve your small talk.

Don’t know what to talk about with someone? Do you hate uncomfortable silence? Want to become a better conversationalist? In this video, I will teach you the FORD method of conversation. “FORD” stands for Family, Occupation, Recreation, and Dreams. These are perfect topics for conversing with anyone, including people you don’t know very well. I will give you many examples of FORD questions to ask. You can use these questions to keep a conversation going and connect with people. FORD is a great tool for anyone who wants to improve their small talk skills and become more likeable.

What’s the goal of small talk? Think of small talk as a way to A.) learn about each other or learn what’s new with each other, B.) see if you connect on anything and want to form or strengthen a relationship, and C.) enjoy yourself. This video will show you how to do that without asking a bunch of questions and making it feel like an interview, and avoid forced conversation or awkward silences.