I can’t believe I didn’t think of this while writing the Small Talk Series, but I realize on my most recent visit to the hair salon, how good stylists have to be at small talk!
It was a revelation that I pondered on quietly during my hair cut. Because, you see, as an introvert, I don’t mind the silence at all!
Sure, I engage in the small talk, and if it’s a good stylist, they can keep the conversation going the whole time.
But usually there are lulls in the conversation, which I don’t mind at all, but I always wonder if the stylist feels awkward…(and it’s my assumption that they are extroverted).
Anyway, that type of small talk is the kind I seem to have gotten used to, because for the most part, the stylist has been trained (or just has the personality) to engage me in conversation. It doesn’t have to be deep because you only see this person once every few months. You can talk about day to day things, movies seen, summer plans, etc… and the conversation is light and pleasant.
Additional thoughts from you on this type of small talk? Or are there other types of people you only see on an occasional basis where small talk is necessary?