Getting Past the Small Talk

Getting Past the Small Talk

I have never been a fan of small talk. I always feel awkward. After they respond to my first question, I have no idea how to move on. I start to feel like I am prying. I know that most people who ask me questions don’t really want to know the answer. When the other person does take interest, it tends to put me a bit on edge. Who are you and why do you want to know that?

I am just not a terribly social person until I get to know you – and then I won’t shut up. So, when I came across Kalina Silverman’s TEDx video on her Big Talk concept, it intrigued me.

You may have seen my Big Talk trial run. As of this writing, I have filmed six interviews and have a few more in the works. The more I do, the more I look forward to new twists on the interview format. This is some of the most fun I’ve had playing with video to date. My “victims” all seem to get a kick out of the random questions they draw.

Big Talk with Jessica

When Jessica jumped on board for this project, we had never met in person. I was fresh off my trial run with my son and still looking for the best approach. Jessica was a trooper marching into uncertain terrain. The end result points directly at the power of Big Talk. While perhaps a little reticent, Jessica strikes to the heart of the questions. Like everyone else I’ve interviewed so far, she immediately focuses on the positives.

A “No Small Talk” Invitation

If you have thirty minutes to spare and would like to take part in this project, please let me know! You do not have to be a model or an actor. You just have to be you! If you want to see more interviews, then do me a favor and go subscribe to my YouTube channel.


  1. Thank you! I love how well we worked together for the first time meeting in person! Mark gunter you made me feel really comfortable and where absolutely professional! I appreciate you letting me do this it was awesome and I can’t wait to do more work with you!


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