How well do you relate with strangers or behave in a new environment? Are you the kind that automatically lights up the room or the kind that zones off to your own world? I am the latter.
I am currently trying to master the art of small talk. Small talk is that little voice that prompts you to strike a conversation with a stranger across the room. The first word that’s inquisitive to know someone’s name and ends with a whole lot of stuff like what makes them tick, to knowing their best and worst moments and places they have been to. All in the shortest time possible. I am horrible at this.
Here I am looking at an invite to the launch of the July Issue of COUTURE Africa dubbed The Business Mixer . Thanks to staying online, the internet is paying me back for the time I spend. I have been lucky more than once and this is just the perfect opportunity to go improve my people skills. Their dress code is perfect: smart casual!
This has by far been the best event I have attended in a long while. A welcoming lot of people, who have real smiles, you know those that come straight from the heart. People are talking to each other, no loud music, no speeches and a whole lot of drinking.
How did I perform on small talk? Well I talked to two people : Olive Gachara the editor in chief and some lady who had really nice hair, couldn’t resist complimenting her. In between the eating, drinking and being social, there was playing around and appreciating the beauty of the hotel.
Photographer: Evans Ogeto
Shoot location : Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nairobi