Conversation starters or ice breakers can be such life savers in the appropriate situation.
For instance, you have just been introduced to someone at a party. Your host has already told you your respective professions. Now what do you say next ?
Or, you may already know someone but you are not really comfortable talking to them. How do you fill an awkward silence?
Here are a few ideas :
1. A Compliment
“What a nice colour!” OR ” I really like your watch”
” Are you a guest of the bride or the groom?”
“Have you known ‘X’ ( person who introduced you) for long?
(Remember not to ask questions about personal information)
3. Views on a neutral/safe topic (See below for my list of subjects to avoid).
“Do you think Manchester United are going to win?”
” Have you seen / read (name of popular movie / book) ?”
“Are you comfortable in that chair?”
“Can I get you something to eat or drink?”
5. The Weather
Although predictable and overused, the weather remains the most popular conversation openet.
” Its so cold / hot, isn’t it?”
“Do you think it’s going to rain?”
Topics to Avoid
The above four topics are best avoided as ice breakers, as people usually have strong opinions about them which may differ from your ‘s.
5. The elephant in the room.
It is also best to avoid something very obvious that might make the other person uncomfortable.
“How long have you used a crutch/ elbow support?”
After several minutes of trying, you have not been able to draw the other person out or if you don’t like them , thete is no harm in tactfully beating a retreat.
1. I think I can see an old friend. I must say hello.
2. Goodness! Is that the time already? I need to be somewhere.
3. I am going to go get something to eat.
4. Thete is something I forgot to ask our host. Let me go find her/ him.
5. Announce a bathroom break
What are your favourite conversation starters?
Can you give us a few tips in the comments section below?
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