It's the holiday season and that means plenty of family gatherings, work parties and a lot of small talk — and I mean A LOT. Think about it: when you go to family gatherings, there is always that one family member that hardly anyone knows and you just happen to be stuck sitting by them at the dinner table. And at work holiday parties, conversations always end up being about work. That said, some tips about small talk are always helpful. Otherwise, you'll just be staring at each other awkwardly.