Conversation Topics 9-2-11

Avoid awkward silences with these all new Conversation Topics!

A HUGE fear 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 it feels good to have something to fall back on when your social mojo goes flat.

That’s what these Conversation Topics posts are made for! Read on…

In this week’s topics: Bats in Transylvania, Worst Songs of the 90s, and The Cat Assassin.

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 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

Bats invade Transylvanian classroom

You might be able to get a little bit conversation going with this one. Fun little “duh” type story… If nothing else, you can spin it into Halloween costumes; it’s about time to start thinking of that anyway. What are they going as? What’s their best costume ever?

Readers Poll: The Worst Songs of the Nineties

Didn’t you know? The 90s are popular again. It’s the 20 year rule in DJing…just like the 80’s were really big last decade. Anyway, bringing up this story in conversation can be loads of fun! You can agree or disagree with your conversational partner about the song being good or bad. Plus, you can relive memories the songs dredge up. Word of warning: Be prepared to have Achy Breaky Heart stuck on the brain all weekend…eesh.

The Cat Assassin

I love funny cat videos. And this cat is freakin’ FAST! Anyway, this could be a fun one to pull up on a smart phone and show someone. I’ve had that lead to sharing multiple funny online videos… (just don’t go too far by showing too many or ones that might be offensive.) If you don’t have that type of smart phone – just describe it to the person and see where it takes the conversation. It might move talk to favorite pets.

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 of the secret conversation skills of the “naturals” is to have “stock” material to fall back on.

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