Small Talk


Discussion with Colin Lamprecht about small talk. 

Began with "Never needed it to be effective." and ended with "It's important."

Raises questions like:

  • In which instances is small talk appropriate, even necessary?
  • What comprises "small" talk?
  • Is there a proven "need" for small talk, or is this a myth we've been asked to buy into?
  • What are the research results regarding small talk? 
    • I love this one. Those who survive the PhD process really understand that all research is flawed and has gaps.
    • An important question is the ramifications of the flaws. Statistical tests and models are based on assumptions about the population. How thoroughly did the researchers test those assumptions?

<Need to work on this. COPE/Climbing season is upon us and I need to respond to program demands.>