Taxi Drivers Come Second To Hairdressers For Their Small-talk!

National research by ChitChat Bingo – the UK’s friendliest bingo site – shows that small talk is a skill that goes hand in hand with the blow-dryer and scissors. Four out of 10 of us voted our hairdresser or barber to be the best small-talker we know.

Taxi drivers, long hailed as the kings of chat, only gleaned 19 per cent of the public’s vote but this still gave them second place in the national poll of chat-masters.

Bar and waiting staff scraped into third place and bars were shown to be a popular spot for 14 per cent of men to chat to strangers; but the chances are slim that they’ll be flirting with a woman as only 5 per cent of them admit to chatting with strangers in bars.

Although verbal dexterity is considered a must-have for politicians, their conversational skills were ranked poorly with a mere 2 per cent of Brits giving them the vote.

1. Hairdresser 41%
2. Taxi drivers 19%
3. Bar staff/waiter 12%
4. Salesmen & Retail assistants 9% each
5. Beauty therapist 5%
6. Hotel receptionists 2%
7. Politicians 2%
8. Airport check in staff 1%

Lee Knott, head of marketing services for ChitChat Bingo, said “Clearly we all need to picking up tips from our hairdressers before we start hanging around in bars trying to chat people up. Conversation is a great leveller, anyone can be good or bad at it regardless of your job, income or background. We all love it and most of us wish we were better at it!”

Research was conducted with 1,000 adults by YourSayPays and ChitChat Bingo.

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