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By Ramsha Nayab

Feb 7, 2023

Ways To Start A Conversation With Anyone

Skip the small talk.

Avoid tired topics. "What's up with this weather?" is as bad as cheesy pick-up lines when it comes to starting a conversation. Every situation is unique, so you should be able to find a fantastic conversation starter.

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Ask for their opinion.

Everyone has one! For someone you don't know well, start with light subjects like the food, the music, the atmosphere, etc. "Do you like your margaritas with salt or without? Do you watch horror movies? Do you like this song?" Stay away from sticky subjects like politics unless you know the person well.

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Ask for their advice or recommendations.

This works very well when commenting on someone's outfit or accessories, as in, "What a great tie! Where did you get it?" or on the food, as in, "Everything looks good. What are you having?"

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Ask them a question — that's easy to answer.

Avoid asking anyone to explain something super complex or involved; if that's where the conversation leads, great, but asking a complicated question up front can feel demanding.

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Ask for an update

If you know someone a little or know them by reputation, ask for an update on something you know they've been doing, for example, "Oh, Mary mentioned you were taking swing dance classes. How's that going?"

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Ask a hypothetical question.

These can be great conversation starters, but try to tie them into something happening at the event or in current events to avoid seeming too random. You might say, "I just saw this movie where all the laws were revoked for one day. What would you do if there were no laws for a day?"

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Ask about their kids, pets, or hobbies

People love to talk about the things that are important to them. If you know that your boss loves to sail, asking him about his latest trip is a surefire way to get him talking.

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