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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Irreverent Gent founder Dave Bowden is a men’s style specialist, an Amazon bestselling author, an unrepentant introvert, a long-suffering (but very patient) Toronto sports fan and the husband of a wonderful (and thankfully even more patient) wife.

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