Meeting someone new or after a long time can be daunting at times. You might be unsure what to talk about, how to initiate a conversation, and the silence in the room gets to you quickly.
Here are some conversation starters you could try –
- Share pleasantries.
- Speak about the food.
- Talk about the weather.
- Discuss hobbies and pass times.
- If you are at an event, speak off that.
- Compliment them and know what a compliment is.
This should automatically guide you to the next level of discussion unless you or the individual amicably prefer to disengage.
What are the conversation starters you might want to avoid –
- Asking about their job, marital, or parental status.
- Diving into on their physical, mental, and spiritual health.
- Inquiring about their life goals, contingencies, and aspirations.
- Throwing political, religious conversations out of the blue and expect a response.
- Discuss personal matters from when you ”knew” them & how you expected to see them in a better light.
- Be mindful of the underlying personality of those you interact with—an extrovert, introvert, or ambivert & tend accordingly.
It’s important to talk about real matters, but it is also equally important to choose who you are surrounded by & where you are, including your relationship with the individual. Be mindful that the other party (s) are not uncomfortable or caught off guard in the process.