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Avoid awkward silences with these all new Conversation Topics!

A HUGE fear stopping people from starting conversations is running out of things to say.

I’ve given suggestions before of how to keep a conversation going, but it feels good to have something to fall back on when your social mojo goes flat.

That’s what these Conversation Topics posts are for! Read on…

In this week’s topics: iPhone 4s released | Woman scales 70-ft wall | and Marathon runner wins 3rd…by taking the bus!

Avoid awkward silences by having something to talk about!

Crazy concept I know…so here are some recent news (and not-so-news) stories I’ve hand-picked as a resource for you. I’ve picked them because they’re the type of topics most people could either get a laugh from or have an opinion on.

Remember, that’s the point. You want them talking so you can use their responses to move the conversation forward. Good things to say after you tell the story could be, “what do you think about that?,” or “have you ever experienced something like that, before?”

How do you bring these up? Just say something like, “Oh did you hear about…” OR, “Oh, guess what I read the other day?” Your enthusiasm will cause them to be curious and want to hear more.

Below, you’ll find the story headline/link and a brief description of ways you might use it in a conversation.

This Week’s Topics

iPhone 4S release draws sleepy fans to Apple stores

This is BIG news for a lot of people today, including my girlfriend (except she was smart and had it delivered to the house). iPhone is one of those topics in the pop-culture which makes it a good subject to bring up. You could easily bring it up by asking with a sly smile, “So, you getting the new iPhone 4S or what?” Maybe they will be or maybe they hate Apple (yup, I’m one of those – sorry Steve). The point is, the topic could lead to opinions, talk of past phones and more…

Woman Scales 70-foot Castle Wall

Found this story on Yahoo News, which is one reason I posted it here. Makes it more likely other’s have seen it too. Even if they haven’t, it’s crazy and humorous. Two good ingredients for a quick conversation topic next time you’re out of stuff to talk about. The funny reason is WHY she climbed the wall in the first place. After relating the story, you could mention something crazy you’ve done then ask the other person their “crazy” story.

Marathon runner bagged third place … by taking the bus

So this is another fun one. I’m actually starting to train for a half-marathon, so it hits home. Maybe you don’t blame him for taking a short cut on a 26.2 mile trek. Whatever the case, it can be fun to relate (and hear about) and can lead to talk about how active (or not) you both are, times you cheated on things, etc…
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So remember to keep these in mind this weekend or all next week to use in any conversational lulls you get into. After all, one of the secret conversation skills of “naturals” is to have “stock” material to fall back on.

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