How much "small talk" is enough? I'm occasionally involved in awkward conversations because I don't like small talk. Most of the things I like to talk about are not appropriate conversation topics for first or second encounters with new people. This leads me to not engage at all, but then I'm accused of being aloof. I've been trying to smile more so as to become more approachable, but I've a hard time forming a believable smile when nothing has happened to make me want to smile. It feels forced and unauthentic. How many times must I hang out with someone before I can start talking about meaningful things?