small talk

That co-worker you have nothing in common with, that cute guy at the bar, even your sister-in-law's cousin.
The vast majority of us aren’t introverts or extroverts — we fall somewhere in the middle.
"Sometimes the greatest intimacy is just being together in comfortable silence."
Toughen up – you’re a wimp. Do you feel it too? The discomfort rising inside when someone perceives you as weak or broken
A) Asking people on an elevator what their weight is. I) Watch a lot of standup comedy. Those guys are the best at improvisation
Single and ready to mingle -- preferably at home, in your PJs.
You've heard it before: it's not what you know, but whom you know. But...you hate networking. That's ok, a lot of people do. And networking for introverts is even more challenging.
I'm sharing these confessions so all you introverts out there know you're not alone, and so all you beautifully expressive extroverts will understand we're not rude or shy or distant -- we just really want to stop talking about nothing.
When the connection between you and the other person is tenuous, as it was between myself and this woman, both parties know there's a pretty good chance this will be the only conversation the two will ever have with one another. You will meet, talk briefly about your jobs or the weather, part ways, and then, in the long run, live the rest of your lives and die without ever speaking again.
I uttered, "Yes, the business is doing great! We just hit this milestone," when at the forefront of my mind disappointment, missed deadlines and unmet goals were blaring. The intent was not to speak half-truths, but why burden someone with how I'm feeling?
For much of my life, I felt socially awkward. I became a shapeshifter in adolescence, changing my appearance, my language, my musical preferences, opinions and even my voice to mirror whichever person or people I was around.