There are many different situations in which you need to be able to come up with good conversation topics
Meeting someone for the first time, finding yourself in a social gathering of strangers, meeting your partner’s family, or handling a job interview, are just a few examples where being able to guide the conversation is critical.
Of course, each situation will need to be handled differently, and you will need to assess very quickly where any particular topic is leading in case you need to change direction.
For example, let’s say you introduce the topic of food and drink. To your horror you discover that that you are talking to an alcoholic, so you need to rapidly move on to another topic. Always try to think one step ahead, always have a “plan B”.
Try to ensure that you present the topic in an interesting way and don’t be afraid of controversy. On the other hand, if you don’t know the people well, the traditional topics to avoid are Sex, Money, Politics, and Religion. The risk of saying something that might offend is too high, so stay away.
Always remember that you are trying to have a conversation, so allow the other party to respond. Don’t fire off questions in rapid succession and try not to act like an interviewer.
Bearing all of these pointers in mind, you can now browse through the selection of good conversation topics which our Life Daily team has put together
1. Who is the most interesting person you have ever met?
2. Where in the world would you most like to visit?
3. What has been the most life-changing experience you’ve ever had?
4. What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?
5. Who has had the biggest influence on your life?
6. What thing that you haven’t yet done would you most like to do?
7. What is the best quality you’ve inherited from either of your parents?
8. From whom have you learned most in your life?
9. What historical figure do you most identify with?
10. What kind of music do you like?
11. What is your greatest achievement?
12. What would you do if you won the lottery?
13. What is your Favorite food?
14. What was your most embarrassing moment?
15. How would you like to be remembered when you are dead and gone?
16. Why do people often misunderstand you?
17. Do you believe in fate?
18. What stresses you the most?
19. What are your three main goals in life?
20. What are the five things you can’t live without.
21. Which movie/book are you ashamed to admit you love?
22. What is the one book you think everyone should be required to read?
23. If you had a chance to move to any other country, which one would it be and why?
24. Of all the cities in the world you’ve visited, which one was your favorite?
25. Where did you go on your last vacation? How did you like it?
Have you ever used these or similar topics to start a conversation with new people? Do you have any favorite good conversation topics you could add to our list? Just let us know by using the comments feed below.