Conversation Topics 9-23-11 (Happy Autumn Everybody!)

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: The science of attraction | Cars drive themselves | and Trapped dog saved by…vegetable oil?

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

THE SCIENCE OF ATTRACTION: Why men fancy women and vice versa

Talk about an opinion starter! This is a great story to ask people, “What do you think about that?” With claims like ‘Women don’t like manliness’ and ‘Men DO like long arms on women’ how can this piece not evoke strong opinions. But again, that’s good for conversation! You don’t have to agree with people on everything. Our opinions and feelings are what make us individuals and not plain vanilla people.

Driverless car hits the streets in Berlin

Ok, so a little “geek” I admit. But driving and cars are such universal subjects, anyone will likely find this interesting. Again opinions… Does the person you’re talking to think this could ever really work? Would it cause more accidents or less? What about free time? If your car could drive itself, what would you do with the travel time? What would they do?

Vegetable oil, innovation aid rescue of dog trapped in boulder

Just a cute little story that can evoke that “Awww” response. It’s also pretty funny, which is always good for light chat and conversation. Could possibly lead into talk of past pets and/or crazy things that happened with them.

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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