Neutral-ish words like “Uh huh”, “ok”, and “sure” can sometimes sound like they mean “this is boring and I want you to stop talking about it”.
- Matilda: My cat just had kittens! They are adorable!
- Shira: Uh huh
This could sound to Matilda like Shira means “I’m annoyed that you’re…
a physical way to show that you’re interested is to lean towards the person you’re talking to slightly
tone helps, if you can do it. adding a exclamation point or question mark helps to show interest.
also some other neutral-ish words that can come off as bored/sarcastic
- that’s nice
some phrases i often use in small talk (depends a lot on topic)
- hadn’t heard about that
- did they/he/she/ect ?
- did not know that
- that’s too bad
- that’s glad/sad/happy/great/unfortunate/ect to hear!