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Learn to sweat the small talk

Conferences, bar events and business dinners all provide lawyers with an opportunity to network and build relationships with colleagues and clients. But many attorneys dread the requisite small talk. In her book, The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Rapport – And Leave a Positive Impression, Denver, Colo.-based speaker and trainer Debra Fine offers tips for lawyers struggling with small talk.