This is a great start: find out what you have in common or what interests you might share, " by using the right amount of self-disclosure, empathy and tact", according to Susan Keauss, Ph.D professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst.
2. Don't ask someone what they do.
Aside from talking about the weather, the job topic tends to be common go to subject. What do you do? is often a loaded question implying at times that the most important part of us is our job. Try instead to find out about general interests, hobbies rather than careers.
3.Embrace the silence
Pauses may seem awkward but in fact they assist to continue a conversation. Bernardo J Carducci, Ph.D Director of Shyness Institute Research Institute at Indiana University, says" remember that if you say something, the other person my need to process it. Think of silence as a transition."
4.Keep it positive
Keep small talk focused on the bright side of things, such as making compliments, asking about someone's day, making a person laugh.
5.Your conversations are always learning experiences
Meeting someone new is an opportunity to learn something, give you new perspectives. Additionally meeting people from different areas, regions, or countries will broaden your knowledge of those other places. You'll become a more interesting conversationalist as you respond with that additional knowledge acquired from meeting new people,