What Artists Can Learn From the Donner Party

5  Points to Help You Navigate New Creative Territory (So You’re Not Left Dead in Your Tracks)

Have you ever faced an obstacle in your art that sent fear racing through your veins? Maybe you’ve been called to tackle a writing project for which you feel entirely unqualified. Maybe you encountered an insurmountable block–an immovable mountain, that you later learned was a stop sign?…

How to Handle Quiet-to-Chaos Social Gigs Like A Winner

Rebounding When Your Quiet Evening With Friends Is Highjacked

It’s not my proudest moment. I confess that to you right now. Even in the midst of reading all the inspiring research in”Quiet”, (affiliate) I ignored all I’ve learned and fell back into bad habits. All it took was one person to zero in on me like a Kamikaze pilot pelting me–and my sons, with questions and comments so quickly we couldn’t get out of the line of fire.…

Introverts Ultimate Guide to Surviving Small Talk

6 Steps to Mastering Small Talk for Any Situation

This is another post in a series about communication skills for introverts. The first post in here. (Affiliate links for things I buy and recommend are included.)

What is small talk?

Small talk is “polite conversation about unimportant or uncontroversial matters, especially as engaged in social occasions.” Wikipedia describes it this way: ”Small talk is an informal type of discourse that does not cover any functional topics of conversation or any transactions that need to be addressed.[1]
Small talk is a conversation for its own sake.…