Nothing heavy, of course.
The focus ranged from the heat wave in the West to the success we are having in our job search.
However, small talk is no longer so simple. At least if we intend not to encounter a glaze-over as we speak.
Social media, the conventions of clickbait, the conversational style of Millennials, and the epidemic of ADD have come together to blow up how small talk should be framed. The new must is that it be put together as headlines. Loose, unstructured conversations are, like, totally 20th century.
Small talk configured in headlines would be: "Like, this heat wave is crushing our stocks. Let's hope it ends in 48 hours. Then, our portfolios can survive the hit."
Small talk dished as usual would be: "I don't know how much longer I can stand this heat wave." (Duh).
Mobile has added another requirement for our small talk to get attention. And that's brevity. Keep your sentences and the whole conversation brief.
The rule of thumb for posting content which will be primarily viewed on a mobile device is to have sentences be about five words.
Also, the construction should be simple. See, with ADD, it has become difficult or impossible to navigate oral whatever which contains a lot of subordinate clauses. You don't want to say: "Although the job market seems to be picking up ..."