By Dorothy Cleary
On the face of it, small talk looks simple. Conversations tend to be short-lived, topics are fairly predictable and repetitive, and most workplaces provide lots of incidental practice in this essential workplace skill.
However, small talk is extremely complex and difficult. It...
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