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Free Course: Improve Your American Small Talk

International students: Frustrated by small talk? Learn how to talk to Americans everywhere, from your neighborhood barista to future employers.

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This course is designed for international students studying in the US.

"Why is everyone talking about the weather?!" - International students everywhere

Small talk is one of the most confusing conversational challenges for international students. It's a cultural quirk that all Americans do even if we don't think much about it. Most international students think small talk is pointless. After all, why would you talk to a strangers or professionals about the weather or their weekend plans?

If you want to get a job in the US, succeed in an interview, or network with American professionals, you must be good at small talk.

I created this mini-course to help international students like you get better at small talk with Americans.

Take this course if you:

  • Are an international student looking for a job in the U.S.
  • Learning how to network in the U.S.
  • Want to gain confidence when speaking with Americans
  • Need to improve your English conversational skills

You will learn:

  • Why Americans engage in small talk
  • Common small talk conversation topics
  • How to be interesting when networking
  • How to practice your small talk so you can improve your conversational skills

The best part? This mini-course is totally free.


Your Instructor


Nicolle Merrill
Nicolle Merrill

Nicolle Merrill is the founder of GlobalMe School, the online career platform that trains international students and professionals for adventurous international careers. In 2018, she launched www.internationalstudentcareers.com, a leading global career website for international students. Nicolle is the author of How to Get a Job in the USA: A Practical Guide for International Students.

Prior to GlobalMe School, Nicolle was an Associate Director of Career Services at Yale School of Management. Over two years, she helped hundreds of international students and global executives through global career transitions. Nicolle has worked with students who have landed roles at Google, Facebook, Amazon, the World Economic Forum, the UN, Alibaba, and numerous startups. Nicolle has spoken to global audiences at American and European higher education conferences on preparing international students for global careers.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now but your practice of the skill never ends! This is a completely self-paced online course. Complete the course on your schedule.
How long do I have access to the course?
As long as you need it! After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
Tell me about it. What could make it better for you? What are you biggest challenges with small talk? Send me an email to let me know and help improve this free course for others.

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