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Are you an introvert who avoids social events because you're drained by small talk? Are you inspired by meaningful conversations, but struggle with initiating them? The No Small Talk podcast is a lively space for introverts looking to build connections and level up in their personal and professional lives. Through our conversation starters, interviews and discussions, we help introverts connect with others naturally and confidently without the small talk.

Fans rave about the inspirational, vulnerable and unfiltered conversations. We talk about family, relationships, careers and more.

No Small Talk- Conversation Starters for Introvert‪s‬ Ebony Anuforo & Sherry Balogun

    • Self-Improvement
    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings

Are you an introvert who avoids social events because you're drained by small talk? Are you inspired by meaningful conversations, but struggle with initiating them? The No Small Talk podcast is a lively space for introverts looking to build connections and level up in their personal and professional lives. Through our conversation starters, interviews and discussions, we help introverts connect with others naturally and confidently without the small talk.

Fans rave about the inspirational, vulnerable and unfiltered conversations. We talk about family, relationships, careers and more.

    54. My Sisters Don't Believe That I'm An Introvert, Here's Why

    54. My Sisters Don't Believe That I'm An Introvert, Here's Why

    We all know that the world has tons of misconceptions and assumptions about introverts: who we are, who we're not and why we can or can't be fixed. But what if the misconceptions come from your own sisters?! We expect that the very people we grew up with and lived with will see us the same way we see ourselves. But apparently, that's NOT always the case.

    In this episode, Ebony invites her 3 sisters,  Abies Senior, Ivie Omede and Orobosa Omede to the podcast and they duke it out. The ladies challenge each other's thoughts and assumptions about introverts and extroverts, as well as their perceptions of each other. The conversation gets VERY interesting. For one thing, not everyone believed Ebony was an introvert *sips tea*.



    Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:


    Episode 29- 10 Undeniable Signs You're an Introvert, Not Shy 
    Episode 49- Walking Into Your Extroverted Purpose as an Introvert 
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    No Small Talk is hosted by Ebony Anuforo and Shereefat Balogun; produced by Wale "Breathe Easy" Balogun


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    53. How I Incorporate Intimacy in My Marriage to Build a Stronger Connection With My Husband (It's Not What You Think!)

    53. How I Incorporate Intimacy in My Marriage to Build a Stronger Connection With My Husband (It's Not What You Think!)

    Would you like to deepen your connection to your spouse, or someone you’re in a relationship with, but not sure how?

    Today, Ebony will be exploring different ways that couples, specifically married couples, can deepen their connection, by understanding the different types of intimacy. In relationships and marriage, fulfilling each area of intimacy will help strengthen your bond. It is a natural part of developing the relationship and growing closer. It’s not just physical! Ebony will be going over multiple ways you can build a deeper connection with the person you love.

    Ebony and her husband have been married for almost 10 years, so she is sharing with us her perspective on developing intimacy in her marriage. Ebony explores:


    The different kinds of intimacy that help cultivate your marriage
    How you can use our conversation starters with your spouse to lead to a deeper conversation
    How as introverts, we need to intentionally work on our relationships
    How deepening your connection with your spouse will also deepen your family bond

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    52. No Small Talk Conversation with Orobosa Owie | Conversation Starters for any Situation

    52. No Small Talk Conversation with Orobosa Owie | Conversation Starters for any Situation

    Is there someone in your life that has influenced the way you make decisions, raise your children, inspire you to work harder in your marriage, or impacted you in some other way? We start today's episode with conversation starter - Who has been the most influential person in your life and why? 
    Our guest today is fellow introvert, Orobosa Owie. She is the CEO of Docs on the Scene (Practice Development for Women in Medicine), a Professor, Former Director of African Affairs Committee at the United Nations, Podcast Host of Power of My Identity, and Author of the Book: Be Bold, Be Confident, Be you! 
    This was such an amazing conversation where we started off talking about who has been the biggest influence in our lives and why. Orobosa shares with us her story of where she came from, her heritage, and how she was taught to be proud of who she is and where she came from. The beauty of these conversation starters is that we not only learned so much from just this one question but it also brought us to sharing about relationships, marriage, how we raise our children, and so much more! 
    In our conversation we also explore: 

    How small acts of kindness create big impacts 
    How we should all strive to accept others for the beauty in their differences 
    Always put your best foot forward and be proud of who you are 


    Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

    Click here for our "20 Easy Conversation Starters You Can Use Anytime".
    Find out more about Orobosa at: https://www.orobosaowie.com/ and follow her on Instagram at: @orobosa_leads @pmipodcast


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    • 42 min
    51. You Can't Build Authentic Meaningful Relationships Without These 3 Things

    51. You Can't Build Authentic Meaningful Relationships Without These 3 Things

    Sherry is really calling us out in this episode! Are you an introvert who finds herself avoiding events, conversations, and networking?  

    That may be impacting us in more ways than we think! If we want to up level our lives - we need people! As introverts we want meaningful, strong, and real relationships. So instead of running away from every event out of fear of small talk, let's change those conversations!  

    We can change those conversations by using 3 relationship-building pillars that Sherry will be sharing with us today. These 3 pillars are going to help you feel more confident, authentic, and open. So many of us don't find this easy to do, but with a roadmap to help us navigate through these events successfully, your life will become more fulfilled, and in turn positively impact others as well.

    Sherry will be sharing with you: 


    Why we need to stop making excuses and get out there! 
    The impact building relationships will make on you and you will make on others 
    Ways you can mentally prepare to walk into events confidently 



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    Click here for our "20 Easy Conversation Starters You Can Use Anytime".


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    • 19 min
    50. 6 Conversation Starters That Will Take You From Chit Chat to Connection

    50. 6 Conversation Starters That Will Take You From Chit Chat to Connection

    Preparing for social settings and interactions will help you feel more comfortable and confident. What better way to prepare than to have 1 or 2 conversation starters in your tool kit that you can use anywhere?

    In today's episode we compile conversation starters from guests from our previous episodes. These conversation starters are sure to create intimacy and connection with anyone you're talking to.  Our conversation starters are designed to create more interesting and memorable social interactions. The great thing about our conversation starters is that they start off with one basic question, but will prompt a back-and-forth exchange of ideas and lead to other interesting topics. Use them and watch your relationships grow stronger as you share your answers and listen to others. 

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    49. Walking into your Extroverted Purpose as an Introvert

    49. Walking into your Extroverted Purpose as an Introvert

    Do you feel like you’re called to do something more? Know you have a greater purpose in life, in this world?
    As introverts, when we are called to do something in an extroverted world we can be frozen by fear. It can be many reasons, maybe it’s fear of failure, fear of not being up to the task, fear of judgment, and what people may say. In this episode, Ebony is going to be talking to you about how we as introverts can walk into our extroverted purpose. 
    This isn’t easy for us! But we want to encourage you that you are NOT alone. We all go through this! But you know what? You can do it - you can live out your purpose, and do it courageously! As introverts, we can tend to overthink things, and just being in our heads too much.
    So today we want to share some tips that will help you with that. 
    Ebony also talks about:

    Why it's critical to push ourselves out of our comfort zones 
    How changing your mindset can change your life 
    Why it's necessary to take the time to recharge 
    How you can find joy in your journey in becoming who you were meant to be 


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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Leah1211 ,

Worth listening too!!!

Thank you, ladies, for sharing meaningful information and your authenticity. I listened to the most recent episode and walked walked away feeling inspired to be more bold and intentional with my relationships. Sherri so accurately captured the internal struggles and feelings introverts experience when walking into new environments. But she also lays out a tangible framework for overcoming these feelings. I’ve missed some opportunities because I allowed some of these feelings of self doubt to win. But the next time opportunity comes knocking, I’ll remember the prayer you mentioned, as well as, the affirmations. This was absolutely worth listening to. Thank you🙂

OluwaTobes ,

Real talk for the win !

Listening to Black sisters talk about well needed conversations is soo amazing and such a blessing !
Forget small talk I'm loving the real talk. Great job Queens. - Oluwatobi

Coconutsandcocktails_ ,

Real Talk - Casual Listening

I absolutely love this podcast series! Sherry and Ebony provide timely content with a casual spin. Topics that reach you no matter where you are in your journey. I love how real life issues are brought to life through authentic dialogue by two genuine friends. This is listening you can relate to! Can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us!

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