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 it is even fun.

Online Workshop

Friday, February 24, 2023
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Alexander Roggenkamp





Target Group

Doctoral students


Research, Research Management, Business and Organizations


8 units are applicable within the Doctorate plus certificate

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In this workshop we develop a positive attitude towards small talk and influence negative expectations. You will be learn to use different conversation starters to start a conversation with unknown people, know which small talk topics are appropriate and common, know how body language and conversation style influence the atmosphere of conversation and will apply your knowledge in conversation.


  • Building up your sociability and approach others openly
  • Getting into good conversation
  • Finding interesting topics and creating a pleasant atmosphere for conversation
  • Making sure that others remember what you do (elevator pitch)


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141


Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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