While networking is, at its heart, about forming genuine bonds with interesting people, meeting those people usually comes with having to make small talk. And though sometimes dismissed as frivolous, chit-chat is actually an extremely important social tool. It’s how we feel one another out as potential friends and coworkers—so making it through these simple conversations is essential in growing our network and making meaningful connections. Which is exactly what can make it nerve-wracking. Check out this infographic from Onward—it details how to make small talk easy, even for the nervous (and a little sweaty) among us.