Conversation Topics 11-18-11

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: Man Wearing “I’m Drunk” Shirt Gets DUI | How to Live to 400 | and World’s Most Sarcastic Gorilla

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

Man Wearing an ‘I’m A Drunk’ Shirt Hits Police Car While Allegedly Driving Drunk

C’mon! This is just hilarious. This story is easy to start with, “Did you hear about…?” Something like this is great for those times the conversation dies down. If you just don’t know what to say next, something light and funny like this works great to start things up again.

Could A Worm Hold the Key to Living Longer? 

So, we go from man arrested for a DUI wearing an “I’m drunk” shirt to the secret of everlasting youth… Why not? Granted this is a bit of a deeper topic, but it’s something we ALL can relate to. Everyone gets older, no matter what age they are now. It’s easy to branch from this story to imagining what it’d be like to live to 400. Should people even live that long? What does the person you’re talking with think? And, inevitably, when you’re talking about life and death, dreams and goals tend to come up too.

Meet Gavin – the world’s most sarcastic gorilla

Apparently, this gorilla at the Jerusalem Zoo will get peeved at people when they applaud his dancing. He’ll stop dancing then mock them by sneering and mimicking their applause (You’ve gotta see the pic)! Again, this is a quick and fun blurb you can use this weekend or next week if you feel a awkward silence coming on. Start with, “Oh…I was reading about this gorilla the other day…” So what if it doesn’t transition well with what you were talking about before. You can use it however you like! Once you tell them about this sarcastic gorilla, launch into describing how it reminds you of your favorite (or most hated) pet ever!

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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