Business Small Talk

A workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center

Sometimes the most important thing at a conference is the breaks - at least as far as
networking and career development for young scientists are concerned. lf you are good at small talk, you can easily get into conversation with strangers in a relaxed way. Small talk is the first step to making new contacts. For all those who do not feel like born small talkers, there is good news: small talk can be learned - and this workshop will show you how.

Online Workshop

Friday, March 8, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Alexander Roggenkamp





Target Group

Doctoral students


Business and Organizations


8 units are applicable within the Doctorate plus certificate

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For all those who do not feel like born small talkers, there is good news: small talk can be learned - and it is even fun. In our workshop will discuss the following:

  • Build up your sociability and approach others openly
  • Get into good conversation
  • Find interesting topics and create a pleasant atmosphere for conversation
  • Make sure that others remember what you do (elevator pitch)


  • Develop a positive attitude towards small talk and influence negative expectations
  • Use different conversation starters to start a conversation with unknown people
  • How body language and conversation style influence the atmosphere of conversation 
  • Apply your knowledge in conversation


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141


Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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