If you're shy at parties, try this trick: pretend everyone has an invisible sign around their neck saying 'Make me feel important' It puts your focus onto them, not yourself. For another 10 steps to master small talk, read this.
For pretty much ever, I dreaded small talk. It felt shallow and tedious and I felt awkward as hell. But this year, I've learned that it doesn't have to be that way. You can still have a great conversation even if it's with a near stranger. The Introvert's Guide to Small Talk - How to Turn Awkward Conversations into Meaningful Interactions http://init4thelongrun.com/2016/10/06/introverts-guide-to-small-talk/
There are better small talk questions than "What do you do?" and "Seen any good movies lately?" Click through for 16 ideas that will help you get to know people better, learn more about your city + world, or just make small talk tolerable! // yesandyes.org