Quick Hit: Icebreakers Actually Work

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Let’s be honest: small talk sucks, right?

It’s shallow, boring and infinitely less interesting than the sort of deep conversations that most of us would prefer to have.

But we can’t hide from the truth: lame conversation starters, despite the fact that the word “lame” is in their very name, work. Or so says the Science of Us:

“An icebreaker can help to foster a sense of ‘psychological safety,’ or an atmosphere in which people feel
free to speak up.”

Read the full reason why dumb games and anecdotes work to help us form connections over here, or keep reading to discover another technique for striking up small talk…

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Dave is a men's style blogger whose insightful (and of course, irreverent) advice on how to look good and live well is read by more than two million people each year.

When not obsessing over style and self-improvement, he can usually be found at home playing with his wife and son, indulging in a hoppy craft beer, or sobbing over the woeful state of Toronto's sports teams.

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