#0053: Standard Conversation Starters

You go to a party, a business meeting, a camping trip… something where you end up in a room full of other people.  And, not surprisingly, you end up not knowing many of the people there, especially if it’s a first-time meet-and-greet sort of thing.

The worst part about these types of meet ups? Trying to figure out what to say to these people you’ve never had a  repore with.

When this type of situation arises, there are always standard conversation starters a person can use to make breaking the ice a little bit easier in just about any scenario:

1.  THE WEATHER

The classic.  Go up to someone and say something like: “Man, can you believe how hot/cold/cloudy/nice it was outside today?” The other person will usually have to respond with some kind of sentence.  The nice thing about weather is that it’s a generic of enough topic that you can riff about it for minutes at a time before having to change the subject!

2. TRAFFIC

The standard.  If you’re at a function, it means that you, along with the other guests, had to come there from some point A. This also means that everyone at that function experienced some level of traffic, be it low or high.  All you gotta do is say: “So, did you have a hard time getting here?” and the conversation will take off on its own!

3. FOOD

The prop.  If the function you’re at is serving food, grab yourself a plate and take a bite of one of the food items while standing next to the person you want to talk to.  Then look at them and say: “Oh man, have you tried THIS yet? It’s SO good!” Chances are they’ll agree with you, then begin a conversation about what other foods are good at the party.

The best part is, all of these topics can lead into other topics and, therefore, longer conversations.  For example, a mention of weather can lead to a conversation about places the other person has traveled, what their hobbies are, what family members they do those hobbies with, finding out you both know the same people outside of the party… the list goes on and on. 

And, the longer you converse, the better chance you have of making friends, networking, finding your “soul mate,” and other things that can prove to be beneficial to your life!

Ah, standard conversation starters… now THAT’S something to be thankful for!

Have your own idea for something to be thankful for? Email 1001ThingsToBeThankfulFor@Gmail.com!

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