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I came across a thoughtful article this morning on the art (and power) of small talk.

As someone who facilitates group discussions, champions meaningful conversations and connections, and spends a great deal of time thinking about creating respectful gatherings, I found that this gentle, humour-filled article gave me space to breathe and think.

In her opinion piece in The New York Times, Maeve Higgins talks about how skipping the small talk can be too intense and reminds me that there is a time and a place for everything: a time for talking about where someone bought their sandals, and a time for digging deep into the family issues that are blocking someone from moving forward.

Here’s to embracing conversation in all its forms!