4. Constantly Ask, "What Are You Up to This Weekend?"
Nothing prepares you for how often you'll have to discuss "weekend plans" in the real world. It's nonstop. And the twist in this whole harmless small talk paradigm is that no one's all that interested in what you did (or are doing) on Saturday. It's an unsolicited pleasantry that's expressed for the sole purpose of you returning the favor. Now get ready for an eight minute breakdown about a bachelorette party, fantasy football draft, or the last episode of Breaking Bad. Settle in, young'un. Until you retire, the majority of your conversations networking opportunities will be vapid weekend talk with strangers.