If you’re the type of person with at least two friends and an active profile on social media, it’s only a mater of time before you’re invited to a summer BBQ or a “fun and totally casual” dinner party on someone’s roof. The good news? There’s alcohol and at least one (possibly overcooked) burger in your future. The bad news? Lots of strangers with whom you’ll have to make small talk. And if you’re the type of person for whom talking about the weather sounds like a fate worse than death, you’ll probably consider not going. That’s understandable, but it’s also a mistake because hiding behind all of that boring minutiae could be a potential new friend or even a love interest (you might have sex! (…eventually)) .
While small talk is agonizing, it’s also an important part of any new relationship, so let us teach you how to become the social conqueror you’ve always wanted to be: