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Conversation Topics for Awkward SilencesHere’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: Return of the Fresh Prince, a double leg transplant, and 85 yard hole-in-one by a 6 yr old.

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 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

Will Smith to Bring Back the Fresh Prince?

Yeesssss! This is a great topic. Well, I think so. Will Smith is someone most people know and most people also know he got started as the Fresh Prince. So, you’re likely to connect when bringing up this story. Did they watch? Favorite episodes? Great memories. Ok, sing along… “Now this is the story all about how, my life got flipped, turned up-side down…”

World’s first double leg transplant patient could walk in 7 months: surgeons

One of those, “can you believe it” stories, this one will probably get a surprised response. It can then be a lead-in to talk about anything miraculous or amazing either of you have heard about or experienced. It can also lead to talk about how our society is advancing. Nerd talk for some; bliss for others!

Illinois girl, 6, quietly sinks hole in one

This is a cute little story. I’m not particularly a golf fan, but for this story it doesn’t matter. If you have kids or are talking to someone who does, this could be a good one to bring up.

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.

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