Conversation Topics 12-23-11 (Merry Christmas!)

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: Santa Goes the X-tra Mile | 22 yr-old Buys $88 mil NYC Apartment | and Guy Wins then Crashes Lamborghini Hrs Later

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

Santa Goes Extra Mile to Deliver Gifts

It’s Christmas time and that’s the obvious thing to bring up in conversations. A simple, “So…excited about the holidays?” will do. There’s so many facets to touch on, too. Gift buying and “are you done yet?” is an obvious choice. So are crazy shopping stories…holiday memories…traditions…favorite Christmas movies… The list goes on and on. The above story is a fun little “in” to start up your yule-time chat.

Billionaire’s Daughter Pays Record Sum for NYC Pad

I love Manhattan. I mean, what’s not to love, well besides the stupid-high rent and expensive…everything. Anyway, the condo this 22 year old bought for her “part-time” home (for $88 million) is insane! This was on National news, so lots of people have probably seen it. It’s the perfect “did you hear about…” story. Obvious branches from this conversation topic are Manhattan – love it or hate it; would you or your conversational partner want an apartment like that; and what would you do with THAT MUCH MONEY?

Truck driver wins Lamborghini, crashes it hours later

Well, Christmas is the time of giving, receiving, then losing again apparently. Poor guy, I don’t know how he’ll pay for the repair costs on this Murcielago LP-640. Anyway, this is a fun little story to pop into a conversation if you’ve run out of stuff to say. Something that’ll give someone a quick laugh. Then you can launch into the silliest thing you’ve ever done in a car. Remember, you can make the rules in conversation. Where you lead with confidence, others will usually follow.
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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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