Before we started our conversation on success, we did a review and practice of “small talk” which is basically casual conversation, something that “breaks the ice” or fills in awkward silence between people. The number 1 topic of small talk is the weather , it’s “safe” and we are all aware of weather.
Small talk is usually used when we are waiting for something, like a bus, train or subway. Or while we are waiting on line in the grocery store, or waiting in line at the movies or a concert or at a restaurant. We use small talk at parties, weddings, and other social gatherings. We use it when we are in an elevator or in our apartment buildings with our neighbors. We also small talk with our mailman, when we see him.
Some topics we try to avoid are politics, religion, and other personal, sensitive topics. Here’a a exercise we did about small talk, take another look to review some topics.
Today’s topic of conversation was success. We often think about success as power, status, prestige, wealth, confidence, achievement, accomplishment, happiness, and fame.
But, we added the intangible elements to success like having a dream, sharing with others, and love. Take a look at this short video from the film, Fame, in which a student describes what success means to her.
After watching we discussed this idea of the emotion or feeling aspect of success and that maybe this student was just naive in her view of success. After some more discussion on the societal views of success and our own personal views and experiences we watched this short video on success. Take another look here :
After watching we discussed the ideas that the narrator discusses and how we felt about them. Here is the transcript of the video , so you can read along as you watch it. We talked about how traditional male and female roles are changing, and that certain countries and certain environments view success differently. We agreed that success is personal and unique to each of us.
Thanks for your thoughts, ideas, and participation today! See you next week!
Special Event – see our classmate, Graziela Medori, sing in concert this Thursday , February 23rd at 4:00 p.m. at the Berk Recital Hall at Berklee School of Music, 1140 Boylston Street, here are the details.