Conversation Topics 5-12-11

Amp your Conversations with these Conversation TopicsHere’s an all new Conversation Topics!

I’m sure you know one of the biggest fears stopping people from starting conversations is the fear of running out of things to say.

I’ve given suggestions before of how to keep a conversation going, but sometimes it feels good to have an ACE in your pocket. Something you can fall back on if your social mojo falls flat for a moment. Well, that’s what these Conversation Topics posts are made for. Read on….

In this week’s topics: Name this capital, a different role for poles in the Olympics, and the coolest small apartment ever.

Avoid lulls 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 to get them talking so you can use their responses to move the conversation forward. Some good things to say after you recount the story could be, “what do you think about that?,” or “have you ever experienced something like that, before?”

How do you bring it 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

Talking to Americans: Less than half can name our capital, survey says 

Mentioning this survey can actually be a good conversation starter depending on where you are. Say you’re at a bar or a house party; you could go up to people and say…”look, I’ve been asking everyone this tonight because I’m curious who knows…Can you name the capital of Canada?” If they can or can’t, it’s an interesting way to get into a conversation. Afterwards you can mention that you read this article and you’d thought you’d find out for yourself. This of course could lead to all kinds of topics like travel, awareness of other cultures, etc…

Pole dancing seeks an Olympic leg-up 

This is certainly an opinion piece! It might be considered a little more racy, so depending on your personality and where you are, it might not be appropriate. But, if you think it would go over well in your present company – see what they think.

This guy’s 258 square foot apartment is better than my house 

I love the idea of city living. I’ve grew up in the “country” when I was a kid, so of course I wanted to opposite. But this guy’s apartment is CRAZY. Definately too small for me, what about you? What about the person you’re talking to? I must say, he has maxed out the space through!

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So remember to keep these in mind this weekend or all next week to use in any conversational lulls you might encounter. After all, one secret of conversational “naturals” is to have “stock” material to fall back on.

PLUS, please share your stories of where these topics take your conversations. How did you use them? How did it go? Reply in the comment section below.

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