Conversation plays a vital role in our society. But, many times, we find it challenging to start a conversation with the person you meet.
A good conversation starter can make your conversation great. But, due to our less awareness, we can not add value to our discussion many times. But, don't worry, today, in this article, I will share a few techniques amusing, which you won't struggle to start the discussion in the future.
I have broken down these techniques into several parts depending upon the situations. Please have a look at the list, and start your conversation effectively.
Conservation Starter for Any Situation
You will find a few fantastic conversations starters in this category, which are far better than, where are you from? And what do you do? Which are older ways. You can try these new ones instead.
1) Tell me about you.
This one is great. This sentence invites the upfront person to tell you about them, whatever they want to share with you. The information could be about their kids, jobs, or anything. And, it is a great way to know what's going in their mind.
2) Working on anything exciting lately?
It is an excellent alternative for what do you do? As it makes a person talk about something exciting about their work.
3) What's your story?
This is an exciting way to start a conversation and ask someone about their story. You never know what exciting might be coming out of the information.
4) What personal passion project are you working on right now?
This is a fantastic way of inning people to reveal their secrets.
5) How do you know the host?
This one perfect when you meet someone in any event. As you both are at a party, it means you have a typical host.
6) How long have you been a part of this organization?
If you are at a networking event or a work event, you can use these perfect words.
7) What was the highlight of your day today?
It is an excellent alternative for how are you? You can have a great answer.
8) What was the highlight of your week?
This is an excellent way of asking how you are. Or how's it going? The person may answer you with something very significant, rather than only good or Fine.
9) Have you been to an event like this before?
This is a perfect alternative for the usually asked questions at a birthday party or any networking event.
10) What was the high point and low point of your day so far?
This question is perfect for a talkative person or an extrovert. They will love such kind of problem.
11) Has this been a busy time for you?
You can use this question to ask people about being busy. This question indirectly acknowledges the work of a person, which they might like.
12) How's that drink or appetizer or artwork or game?
This one is the right way of asking someone about whatever they are holding or doing. You can ask them about the wine they have hold. Or, ask them about the artwork, food, and so on.
13) Having fun?
It is a fantastic way to start a conversation with someone who is by themselves, but it seems like they are having an okay time.
14) Having a good time?
You can use this question with the same intent, as mention in point 13.
15) Enjoying yourself?
With the same intention of points 13 and 14, you can use this sentence as an alternative with how are you?
Keep the Conversation Going?
In the above list, I mentioned a few fantastic starters. Now, it's time to get a little personal. The below-listed points will help you keep your conversation going.
16) What are you doing this weekend?
It is an exciting way of asking someone about their plan for the weekend. You can also ask, did you do anything fun this past weekend? Or, what's your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
17) What is your favorite restaurants around here?
This one is a fantastic way of making recommendations. This can help you to start a good conversation. And if the person doesn't know the answer, you can ask them about where they came from.
18) Keep up with ___sport or TV show or news___ recently?
This is an excellent opportunity to start a conversation if you are on a date on sports or news. If your partner also keeps it, yet has many things in common. And if they don't, you can share your thoughts with them.
19) Can you recommend any unique cocktail or appetizer or dessert here?
It is another way of getting a recommendation for grabbing the food. And if they couldn't suggest you can go and grab the food together.
20) All the food looks so good...I'm not sure what to get! What are you thinking? Or what have you tried?
This variation of asking for the recommendation is just asking for advice on what should be ordered.
21) What a beautiful or cool or ugly or bizarre venue. Have you been here again?
It is an excellent idea to express your wonder after seeing something unique in places such as a house, ballroom, or restaurant.
22) Did you see that viral___ youtube video?
It was all over trending on my social media today. In case you have watched something great, you can share it with your friends. If they took have seen it, you can laugh together, and if not, you can show them too.
23) I'm making a coffee or going to grab a drink. Does anyone else want one?
This is an excellent way of offering a drink to the entire group; it may be your new team on the first day of your job. This is a perfect way to open up with the people you are working with.
If you don't feel comfortable asking about the personal stuff, create the words as per the situation and atmosphere around you. You can talk about food or drink too. Also, you can add the topics of being in your conversation.
Take Your Conversation into a Deeper Level
Suppose you met someone for a long time. These questions listed here can tell you to keep going the conversation deeply.
In every conversation, there are three phases of talking. The first five minutes are your impression time, where you start to know someone- the early five hours when you meet someone for coffee or working together and in the last, the first five days when you find friends, partners, and colleagues. These questions will help you in such situations.
24) If you had to pick any character in a book, movie, or TV show, who is most similar to you, who would you choose? Why?
This one is good if someone is just mentioned in the book or a movie. It helps you to know more information about the person.
25) What's your biggest fear?
It always takes the conversation in an exciting mode.
26) What is your biggest regret?
When you talk about regret, it helps you know many things about the person and their past. You should ask this only if you want to see the person.
27) Who is your role model?
This one is good to ask someone who or what inspired them. You can ask them this question when you or they have mentioned about inspiring person in life. The inspiring thing can be a book, an author, or a celebrity.
Conversation Starters for Work Appropriate Topics
It is the sign of a successful professional if they know how to be likable and be productive at work at the same time. It is not hard to adopt this skill. You just have to polish some of your conversation skills. Please check out the list given below. It will help you to roam at your workplace more confidently.
28) Is there a charitable cause you support?
In the workplace, you often talk about work only. But, this question is significant to know someone's passion other than the book.
29) I'm a bit nervous about the___. Have you ever done it before?
Sharing personal information, things, and fears can boost up how likable you are recognized to be. It also helps you to create social bonds.
30) What has been the best thing about working here?
This one is best if you have just started to work. You can either use this if someone fresher has joined your team, and you want to share your favorite things with them.
31) Have you learned any insider tips about working here?
This one is good. And you don't know what can come out of this as an answer.
Conversation Starters for a First Date
Though you are perfect at flirting, do you know how to talk on your first date? Well! Check out this list for something great conversation starters.
32) What job did you wanted to do when you were a kid?
As the conversation starts with this question, you can also add, what changed you when you grow up? Or do you love your current job? This kind of topic can open up many more subjects to talk about.
33) If you have to pick one among skydiving, bungee jumping, or scuba diving, which would you choose?
This one is great to figure out, is your date is adventures or not? It also helps you to know whether they have already done it before or not. You both can share your experiences too.
34) What are the most important thing I should know about you?
This one indicates that, on the very first day, you are putting effort into knowing each other.
35) When you were a kid, what did you think your life would look like now?
This one is a great conversation starter to share your aspirations with your date and open up about your childhood, hobbies, and education.
36) Which of your family members you like the most?
This question helps you know about their family members, and for them, it's an excellent opportunity to describe themselves. Whether they choose their mom, dad, or anyone else in the family, this question will help you know many more things about the person and their family and friends. There are many more questions out there you can ask on a date.
Conservation Starter for Kids
Do you find it difficult to talk to the kids? Imagine the situation where you are stacked with children. Is Batman your favorite hero? What is your name? Which school are you studying in? Are these are the only questions you recognize when you meet the kid.
Don't worry; your problem is solved. Here, you will get to know some the conversation started when you are with kids.
37) Do you think there are aliens on another planet?
Kids are always likely to be interested in such kinds of questions. This is a fun way to have a conversation. If the kid says no, ask them why. And if they say yes, ask them, what do you think, how would their lives on that planet be? You will find very creative answers to this question.
38) If you were an animal, what animal would you be? And why?
This one is easy for children to tell you about their personality. They might relate themselves with a puppy, as they feel they are playful and run around a lot.
39) What would you be when you are grown up?
You will get very interesting answers from this question from the kids. They probably may ask you back, too, so ensure; you have the right answer to this question.
40) When you are grown up, what type of house will you live in?
This one is more interesting. Kids will explain their idea, which sometimes you will find funny, and sometimes it will be creative.
41) Who would win in a fight, a robot, or a dinosaur?
You can have an idea about the characters in their room. You can find the clues through their superhero toys or the t-shirt. Use them to create a question.
Funny Conversation Starters
Funny starters in a conversation can be used in any one of the above. Overall, these are fitted into every situation. The purpose of these questions to make people laugh.
Laughter brings the people together. So, let's have a look.
42) What was your worst fashion disaster?
This one can come out as a great conversation. Everyone has an outfit that looks good when you wear it, but you feel then, it was not perfectly suited for the occasion. The conversation can end up in the stories.
43) What is the most embarrassing thing you did at school or when you were a kid?
This one will make people think about their old incidents. This is the best one when you are a part of a group.
44) If you had a reality TV show about your life, what would your theme song be?
This is an excellent way of asking people about their music choice without directly asking them about it.
45) What is your plan if there was a zombie apocalypse?
Honestly, you will get surprised by knowing the people's thoughts and ideas to escape from such situations.
Calendar Specific Conversation Starters
You can also use the time to make your conversation great. These can be very helpful for you. When I see an upcoming holiday or a weekend, I often use this kind of starters.
You can be creative with these and add your thoughts too. Check out this list.
Tell me your New Year resolution?
What is your plan for Valentine's Day? Do you celebrate it? What do you think? Is it fake or real?
“I went to the coldest Irish bar last St. Patrick's Day. Doing anything fun full this year?"
How long do you have faith in Easter Bunny?
What is the best fireworks exhibition you have seen on the 4th of July?
Tell me about your best Halloween costumes you ever had? Or do you like scary rides or hunted houses?
What is your favorite Compliment dinner food?
How do you and your family celebrate the holidays?
Birthday Party Conversation
Ask these questions to keep the conversation going.
54) To the birthday person:
After wishing the birthday person his/her birthday, I always ask them, what was the best memory you have about your last birthday? Or what are your plans for achieving your next birthday?
55) To fellow celebrators
After greeting, I often ask them, how do you celebrate your birthday? Or, what was your best birthday to remember till now?
56) To everyone else
What was the best or the worst birthday gift you received ever? You can ask such a question at the dinner table. You will get hilarious answers.
Tinder, Bumble and Other Dating Conversation Starters
Tinder or other dating apps are hard to find the right place for an in-depth conversation. But, it can be done as well. Tell them you took pretty much time to check out their profile to get them to know better and so on. Instead, check your list.
57) You have a___? Me too! Tell me more.
This is a good idea to start a conversation on Tinder. This can reveal many similarities between you and them. People like other people who are similar to them. This effect is known as the similarity attraction effect.
58) Hey, you are a ___? That sounds interesting. What is your favorite thing about your job?
Usually, peoples fond of talking about themselves. Remember this at the time of online chatting too. It also increases the chances of getting a fast reply.
59) Sorry if this is a bit forward. But I'm going to try out that new___ that opens downtown next week- would you like to come?
This point straightly indicates that you are genuinely interested in the relationship, and you would like to meet the person in real. Endure your language. It should be friendly and casual.
60) Hey, how is your week or weekend going?
It's a great way to start the conversation. You will receive a complete idea of what was the state of the person throughout the duration.
Some More Conversation Starters
61) How is the weather on Earth?
This one is notable in a funny conversation started. But it can be a great way too.
62) Been to any good planets lately?
Well! Somewhere, it can give you an idea about the work, and anything the person was doing.
63) What is something you are obsessed with?
This one helps you get to know someone deeply. What are their hobbies, interests, likes, dislikes, and many more things revealed with this question?
64) What three words best describe you?
This question can help you know about the person and what they think about themselves. You can have an idea about the person, what kind of thinking they have, or their perspective on life.
65) What's something I wouldn't guess about you?
This one is a great question to know someone's secrets. Sometimes, you would find the funny answers too. You can use this over a guy you want to know more about.
I think you have got a perfect collection of conversations started now. Try to find the best suitable for you and have an excellent discussion.