Sample Paper on Small Talk Journal on The Ford Technique

Meeting and interacting with strangers is an inevitable part and parcel of life. Even though this is a normal aspect of life, many people find it extremely uncomfortable to talk to strangers and people whom they barely spend time with. Indeed, having small talks with strangers is not a piece of cake for a vast majority of people. However, one can better improve his/her ability of holding small talks by learning and adapting to the FORD technique. FORD is an acronym that stands for family, occupation, reaction, and dreams. From my experience of using FORD, I can attest that this technique is the best tool that one can embrace when holding conversations with strangers. During my first year as a High school student, I found it dubious to make friends. Even though we were often required to perform assignments through group work, I still found it uncomfortable to actively participate and hold discussions with the rest of the group members. This greatly interfered with my school performance as well as confidence. However, learning about the FORD technique of holding small talks greatly equipped me with the know-how of holding small talks. To better familiarize myself with my fellow classmates, I held small talks with them on matters concerning family, occupation, recreation, and dreams. I also learned on the importance of emotional intelligence and how to read non-verbal cues. This helped me to ask the right questions that were open, light, and simple to discuss. Learning to read non-verbal cues also helped me to know when to stop discussing about a particular issue that the other person finds uncomfortable. Indeed, the FORD technique has not only enabled me to hold small talks with diverse people but also make long-term friendship with people who I share a lot of common interest with. This has greatly boosted my self-confidence and ability to socialize. I strongly believe that I would also conquer my fear of public speaking by continuously improving my ability to hold conversations with a group of people.