More Strategies for Small Talk

Do you freeze up when needing to have a conversation with Americans? What topics are safe to bring up?  What is inappropriate?  Some of the answers will surprise you.  Don’t create awkward moments among your new American acquaintances.  Check out Alan’s tips here.

Alan Headbloom

Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.