Did you all enjoy your Independence Day holiday? Ours was busy with a combination of work, seeing friends, and even getting in some precious family time. I hope as you go to the summer picnics you'll take every opportunity to make a new friend connection.
Here are some news items I found of interest this week that can be good topics for small talk.
- Since so many people have been cutting back, this story on what to buy used and what to skip will be of interest to many people, from new friends to life-long pals.
- Jon Bon Jovi is launching a fragrance with Avon. This is a good small talk item because it involves an 80s rocker (which appeals to the midlifers), it's about fragrance (which appeals to those who like fashion), and it involves a handsome dude (which appeals to just about every female). In short, stories like these, that have a variety of elements in them, make for good small talk. Look for a few of these before you go to your next party.
- The Olympics is always good for small talk, so catch up with the fate of Dara Torres, a 45-year old swimmer who is tied for the most decorated U.S. female medal winner. Did she qualify for London?
- Speaking of sports, Jim Palmer, formerly of the Baltimore Orioles, is putting his three Cy Young Awards up for auction. Find out why so you can talk about it with the sports fans you meet.