Have you ever experienced an uncomfortable silence with your significant other, a first date, or maybe with new colleagues at work? Whether it is someone you already know or a new person you want to know more about, starting a conversation can cause you to scratch your head for ideas on what to talk about. None of us want to feel awkward, sound corny, or even worse, experience a blank stare if we bring up a topic that is not interesting enough, or that just makes a person feel uncomfortable.
In this article, we give you 10 conversation starters that can be used for couples, first dates, or to mingle at a social gathering. To make things a bit more interesting, we ordered the conversation starters from easy ones to gradually bolder topics for those who want to step into a more daring zone.
10 Conversation Starters – How to Start a Conversation:
Here are ten conversation starters that are sure to have you entertained, laughing, and talking for hours:
Are you from around here? This is a very easy question that can be used with any new person you meet. Whether they answer yes or no, it is sure to lead to an interesting conversation that will get you to know more about each other.
Do you like to travel? Talking about travel experiences is an open door to great conversations. There is so much to learn from traveling and if a person has not traveled, then they usually enjoy talking about what places they would like to go visit. Either way, this is a safe conversation starter.
What do you like to do to relax? Asking a person what they do to relax will be an interesting way to learn more about how they get rid of the daily stresses of life.
What are some of your favorite foods? Talking about food is fun and it usually leads to lively conversations about dishes and why we like them so much. This conversation starter is especially good for people you’re meeting for the first time. It could easily lead to a follow-up dinner date.
What are your favorite TV shows or movies? This conversation starter may be more appropriate for people you already know, but it can also help you find likes and dislikes with people you just met.
What is your favorite holiday? This is another easy conversation starter that can be used to mingle at a social gathering, on a first date, or even to strike up a conversation with your significant other.
What do you think of tattoos? Now we’re getting into the more daring zone. This question can lead to a very quick end to the conversation or to a very intimate description of tattoos and body parts.
What would you do if you were abducted by aliens? This conversation starter may be a bit far-fetched, but who hasn’t thought about strange alien creatures taking over the planet and abducting unsuspecting earthlings, into their galaxy, to conduct some mysterious experiments to better the conditions of their advanced civilization?
What would you do if you found yourself face to face with a grizzly bear? Ok, a bit grim for a conversation starter but you have to admit that the idea of facing a dangerous grizzly bear should get a person talking.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done? This is the boldest conversation starter on our list. It’s an open-ended question that is sure to lead you into interesting answers. We advise you to be cautious with this conversation starter and only use it in the most appropriate company and maybe accompanied by a couple of cocktails.
We hope these conversation starters will help you the next time you are trying to get to know someone. Also, we would love to hear your thoughts so feel free to leave us a comment below. Also, be sure to check out more Life Hacks and Lifestyle articles from Smart Living.