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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: Booty Call Ninjas, Summertime Hammocks, and 60 yr old grandma runs 50 marathons.

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

Man allegedly wounded by two ‘booty call ninjas’

Yes, I had to open this one too! Depending on your sensibilities, this one could be a little more crude, but I’ll be honest – I thought it was hilarious. If you’re looking for a quick story to inject into a conversation that’ll definitely get people’s attention, this is it!

Why Hammocks Make Sleep Easier, Deeper

With Summer officially here this week, bringing up the subject of relaxing on the beach in a hammock is no stretch at all. Plus, it’s easy to go from this story to the topic of vacations and relaxing – things most people like to talk about.

Peak of fitness – LI gran runs marathons in 50 states

I know I post a lot of stories like this one, but it’s because they’re so universally useful in conversation. This one for example is inspirational (& at the same time humbling for anyone under 60)! Again, dreams, goals and more can stem from this story.

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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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