Conversations with others, can be tough for many of us and they can often end in bouts of awkward silence and an uncomfortable atmosphere.
It can leave you at a panicked loss for words because you can’t think of something to say or a conversation worthy of starting with.
It can happen with people you’ve known for a long time or those you have just met.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way….
By creating a good repertoire of good conversation topics, you can avoid the awkward silence and have a good, natural conversation.
Here are a few good conversation topics that are relatively safe to bring up, both with people you know well and those you don’t.
1. Hobbies and Interests
Ask the other person about the things that they enjoy. You can ask them if they follow any sports, if they are fans of video games, or even things like movies and board games.
This is a great and casual way to start a conversation with someone you don’t know very well and can build a friendly discussion about interests.
You can even ask someone you know well, to see if they have found anything new that they like or to see if their current interests and hobbies have changed at all. Or if you share the same hobbies and interests then you can ask them if they have seen or heard any news about something new that might interest you both.
So if you both like video games you can talk about new releases, for example. This is also a great way of finding like minded people to then build further relationships with.
2. Food and Drink
A great and safe conversation topic to get into, asking people about the kind of food and drink they like, is a good way to get to know someone.
You can talk about experiences (good or bad) with certain food, or even about restaurants they may have visited where the food was exceptional. Maybe you can even try out trading good restaurants.
If you’re talking to someone you know well, ask them if they have been anywhere good lately for food or drink and if they would recommend it to you.
Food and drink is a good conversation topic for creating a natural flow of conversation between you and the other person.
3. Why are You Both There?
If you are at a social gathering and the air between you and a new person has become a little awkward, try asking them why they are at the event.
Do they know the host? Have you travelled far? There’s a range of questions you can ask based on the kind of event you are attending.
A fundraiser, for example, is a great place to ask someone how they got involved in events like the one you are both attending. And also they might be able to recommend other events you would be interested in.
This topic can be a good starting point for a long and friendly conversation.
Asking about travel can be an exciting and an engaging topic of conversation. Even if the person you are speaking to hasn’t travelled very far, you can still ask them where they have been.
You can extend this to asking where they would love to visit and their dream country to live in. Most people love to talk about travel and the places they have been or want to visit.
Also asking about near future holiday plans can be a good way to get the old conversation ball rolling.
Even with people you know well, you can still ask if they have been anywhere new lately or even if their dream destination has changed at all recently.
You can use this time to get to know your friend better and share ideas of where your next travel destination should be.
Things to Remember
These conversation topics are a good starting point if you are feeling a little awkward or at a loss for words.
Remember to keep the conversation light and positive, negativity is sure to ruin the mood and may cut the conversation off early. You can even throw some light, gentle humour into it if you want to….but no knock knock jokes unless if it’s a really good one.
The best way to keep things relaxed and light is to avoid conversation topics such as these:
- Family problems
These are all very sensitive topics that should NOT be discussed with people you don’t know very well as it can be easy to offend someone, hurt their feelings, or dampen the mood.
Keep things cheerful, remember these good conversation topics, and you’ll be chatting all night long!