Conversation Topics 9-30-11

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: Temporary marriages | Man hunts down his 8th grade bully | and Wife gets inappropriate with invisible man!

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

‘Til 2013 do us part? Mexico mulls 2-year marriage

Again, going with an opinion evoking story here. This can be a polarizing topic, since the idea of this proposed Mexican law is to offer temporary marriages. But, every now and then, it can be good for you to take a stand in conversation. You NEED to get accustomed to stating your opinion to other people. Yes, some might disagree with you and yes it’s possible that person won’t see you as “friend material.” Thing is, there’s about 7 billion people out there. You can spare a few to practice assertiveness.

Facing down my eighth-grade tormentor

I was bullied in grade school. Were you? I find this story interesting because it strikes at something we can all relate to, our childhood. Bring up this story and relate your experience of bullying or being bullied. Another important lesson in effortless conversation is to not always show your “good side.” Showing some vulnerability can truly connect you with others.

Hubby claims wife raped by ‘invisible man’

This is just a fun one; like conversation candy. It’s something you can mention like a joke to give and get some laughs.

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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