Small Talk Hacks: How to Improve Communication Skills and Get Charisma

Small Talk Hacks – the complete guide  to improve communication skills and get the best small talk from Akash Karia

Interested in mastering the best small talk or just in observing human social interaction? Big interest in psycho social topics or just trying to improve communication skills ? Shy or introvert?

Either way, Small Talk Hacks, written by Akash Karia, is a must read for you. Below you’ll find the summary of the book and some of the best nuggets (visual quotes from books) from Akash Karia.


Making the choice to be more positive will naturally increase your charismatic quotient.

What does best small talk really mean? Although the book focuses mostly on networking, all the ideas, advice and tips turn up useful for any kind of human social interaction. And be sure that this will help you to improve communication skills and to become more likeable in any social situation.

Take a journey through the 10 chapters. Enjoy the nuggets (our visual quotes from books). This will help you improve your communication skills. Also you will understand and accept something that you might already be aware of, but reluctant to consciously think about and use it in your favor.

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And that is that you already have all the tools you need and the power to control how you feel, as well as how you act in social interactions.

  1. Creating a stellar first impression with nonverbal communication;
  2. Breaking through fear and breaking the ice;
  3. Seal a memorable verbal impression in 30 seconds;
  4. Become an active listener;
  5. Make your personality shine;
  6. Going from introduction to intimacy;
  7. Keep your conversation alive;
  8. Avoid stopping a conversation cold;
  9. How to end a conversation positively;
  10. Wrap-up: following up on a conversation to develop relationships.

Learning or earning? In fact, the core idea of the book is that in order to improve communication skills you may need to spend time and energy, but the results will be as you expected.  And I couldn’t agree more.

At the beginning you’ll be  aware of your body language and attitude. And also on the effect it has on how you are perceived.

First impression? Always important.

But how much time do you need to set in your mind a coherent judgment?

“It only takes a tenth of a second to make an accurate judgment about someone you meet or see.”

best small talk - It only takes a tenth of a second to make an accurate judgment

And so, Akash Karia makes available and details all the aspects we need to pay attention to when presenting ourselves.

Then he will guide you on how to use positive attitude and enthusiasm to increase your charisma and attract people to  you.

You’ll find out which are the best ways to start a conversation. And also how important it is to create intimacy and keep the conversation going. Or how to properly and positively end the conversation.

But what do you need in order to create a great first impression? Try to start with a positive attitude and a proper body language.

Try to keep in mind that people are attracted to those with positive energy and to persons that make them feel good about themselves. So, Akash Karia argues that we need to make a conscious effort in engaging others with enthusiasm in order to improve our communication skills.

First step to do this? As body language could easily give you away, you need to be aware of your posture and of how you present yourself.

I found in this chapter a very interesting point of view regarding body language’s topic. And this is about the effect your body language has, not only on others, but also on how you perceive yourself.

So, it’s time for some body language tips:

  • If you want to use body language in your advantage, you need to be aware of your posture, smile and make eye contact.

The last two nonverbal cues will make others really feel at ease, as smiling is the best way of making someone else feel positive while eye contact shows interest in the other person.

  • Make sure you are dressed properly for the occasion. It has been demonstrated that people do judge our character traits based on what we wear. In order to make the best first impression you need to take into consideration your clothes as well.

And in this book you’ll find out some more. But I don’t want to spoil the mystery.

So, I’ll skip directly to the second chapter. Which part of the conversation do you consider the hardest one? You may probably say – the beginning.

“Compliments are always a nice way to start a conversation, but it’s important that you’re sincere when you compliment someone.”

best small talk - Compliments are always a nice way to start a conversation

With Small Talks you’ll soon find out that  breaking the ice and improve communication skills is not as difficult as it seems.

Tips on conversation:

  • The most important tips are using your surroundings in order to engage someone on a familiar topic, discussing the latest events or asking open-ended questions.
  • Asking for someone’s opinion, giving a compliment or just saying hello are just as good ice breakers.
  • Being an active listener will make you really easy to talk to. It makes people feel that what they have to say is important and that you value them.
  • It helps to smile, make eye contact, nod and reflect at and restate what they say. Make sure to ask questions and to not interrupt.

When it comes about communication and socialization, any of us dreams to have…charisma, of course.

And you are so lucky. That’s because you have an entire chapter dedicated to this topic.

“Making the choice to be more positive will naturally increase your charismatic quotient.”

Best small talk - Making the choice to be more positive will naturally increase your charismatic quotient.

To have a clue about how useful this book may be for you, I’ve put below a selection of some good advice, and some dos and don’ts in your way to achieve the best small talk:

  • Share your opinions and passions and be empathetic. And you are being advised to not being too loud or obnoxious, boring or negative.
  • In order to develop meaningful relationships, creating intimacy is a must, and you can only do that by becoming gradually more personal in the topics you engage on.
  • Avoid judgment and how you react to the other person’s disclosures. Being genuine and personal also helps creating intimacy and not taking it personal when someone does not agree with you will make people at ease around you.
  • Keep the conversation informal but decent. It turns out that controversial topics make conversations more enjoyable, but only when all the topics are discussed with respect.
  • Pay attention to the topics you bring into conversation. In order to stop a conversation cold, something that you should always try to avoid, you are advised on which topics not to engage and on which attitudes not to display.

“How you end a conversation is as important as how you begin it. […] Ending a conversation can be an art form.”

best small talk - How you end a conversation is as important as how you begin it.

Art means half talent, half stealing secrets about how to do it. So, maybe it’s time to find out  an important one .

Ending a conversation with a good last impression is crucial and you are offered some suggestions that will leave the other person feeling that they mattered.

I bet I’ve drawn your interest. So, it’s your turn to open and start reading the book.

Enjoy and learn!

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