Whether you’re at a party talking to someone you’ve just met or catching up with old friends, it can be difficult to think of interesting things to talk about. If you want to start a conversation with someone on a stimulating, illuminating, and enjoyable note, you’ll need to come up with more than,
“So, this place, huh?”
How you begin a conversation often depends on the context of the situation you’re in:
- Location: Seeing someone in a restaurant, café, airport, or at school can have an impact on the sorts of things you can say.
- Event: Are you at a party? Attending a wedding? At a concert? We’ll share some phrases that will help you based on what is going on around you.
Conversation Starters: First Meeting👇🏾
- Are you having a good time?
- Do you know a lot of people here?
- What are you reading right now?
- What’s your favorite restaurant around here?
- What’s the next exciting event you have coming up?
- Doing anything fun this weekend?
- Do you have any pets?
- What’s one interesting thing about yourself no one really knows?
- What do you do for a living?
- If you could move anywhere, where would you go?
- What was the last movie you saw?
- What do you normally do for fun?
- What hobby do you wish you had more time for?
- If you weren’t here, what would you be doing?
- What is your favorite holiday?
Conversation Starters: Deep Talks👇🏾
- What are your long-term goals?
- Who is your role model?
- What did you want to be when you were a kid?
- What is your biggest regret in life?
- What are the top three things on your bucket list?
- What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
- What is one thing you wish you could do that you know you probably never will?
- What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
- Tell me about the most life-changing piece of advice you’ve ever heard.
- When are you the most happy?
- What always calms you down when you’re really stressed out and upset?
- Who in your life has had the most influence on you?
- What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
- What scares you the most about the future?
Conversation Starters: Workplace👇🏾
- What made you choose this as your career?
- What do you love most about your job?
- What was your first job?
- How long have you been at your current job?
- Why do you think you were hired?
- What is the most frustrating thing about your job?
- What are your goals when it comes to work?
- What inspires you at work each day?
- If you could change one thing about this industry, what would it be?
- Who has been your career role model?
- Do you ever travel for your job? Where have you gone?
- How do you keep yourself organized every day?
- What do you think makes someone a great manager?
- What’s the biggest challenge you’ve taken on this year?
Conversation Starters for Kids👇🏾
- What’s your favorite subject/class?
- Who is your favorite teacher? Why is that person your favorite teacher?
- What subject do you wish you never had to take?
- Who is your best friend in your grade?
- Do you believe in aliens?
- If you could be any animal, which would it be?
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- What do you love the most about your mom and dad?
- Where do you wish you were right now?
- What’s your favorite song?
- Who’s your favorite cartoon character?
- Do you have a favorite Disney character?
- If you could change one thing about school, what would it be?
- Do you like to swim?
Conversation Starters for Any Situation👇🏾
- What’s your favorite thing in the whole world?
- If you could spend your time doing anything, what would you do?
- What’s your dream [job, vacation, etc.]?
- Are you a dog or cat person?
- Who is your favorite actor or actress?
- Where’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?
- What’s your favorite place in the world?
- Are you a morning person or a night owl?
- What’s your favorite season and why?
- What’s your biggest pet peeve?
- What was your favorite childhood TV show?
So there you have it. There are a variety of conversation starters at your disposal. Yes, the thought of striking up a conversation with a complete stranger can be a little scary. Especially if you don’t share a common language with them.
Nonetheless, overcoming your inhibitions is the first step toward learning a new language and expanding your circle of interesting friends. Just remember:
- Be friendly
- Be honest
- Take the pressure off