3 April

Ending small talk politely

Ending small talk politely

    In the past I’ve encouraged you to take an active role in small talk and given some ideas for what to talk about. Whenever you engage in small talk there does, of course, come a moment when it has to end. If you start a phone call or meeting with a little small […]

6 March

Do I really have to go out to dinner with them?

Do I really have to go out to dinner with them?

That’s a good question. And one I’m often asked. Off the top of my head I can remember the following cases: “We’re hosting the European sales meeting this year. And, of course, we’re all supposed to be going out for dinner every evening. It’s not as if I’m really needed – the rest of the […]

5 March

Now we have the salad ;-)

Now we have the salad ;-)

One lunchtime, I was standing behind two women – a German and her English visitor – in the canteen queue. I heard the German say: “Oh, you’re a vegetarian.” She studied the menu for the day and then said: “You could have rice and green bones.” The English woman looked absolutely horrified: “Oh no, I […]