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Prepare Your Conversation Starters

Prepare Your Conversation Starters

If you often find yourself participating in small talk about topics you have no interest in or have already discussed to exhaustion, the solution may be asking people unexpected, thought-provoking questions that can’t be answered with a simple yes or no.

It’s a good idea to have stock questions so you don’t have to think them up in the moment.

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Conversation Starters: Small Talk Questions About Someone’s Life

  • Where did you live before this? What are the biggest differences you see?
  • What did you think you were going to be growing up?
  • Do you have any hidden talents or surprising hobbies?
  • What’s the most unbelievable thing that’s ever happened to you?
  • Who’s the m...

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Random Small Talk Questions

Random Small Talk Questions

  • If you were in charge of picking the eighth wonder of the world, what would you choose?
  • What do you wish you had placed in a time capsule 15 years ago?
  • What’s the strangest compliment you’ve ever gotten?
  • If you could teach a college course on any subject you want,...

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Small Talk Questions About Work

  • If you weren’t working here, what would you probably be doing right now?
  • How did you become a [job title]?
  • What’s the craziest thing a boss has ever asked you to do?
  • If you were guaranteed to be successful, what job would you want?
  • What was your first job...

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Small Talk Questions About Travel

Small Talk Questions About Travel

  • What’s the best “hidden gem” around here?
  • If you could fly anywhere for free, where would you go?
  • What’s the coolest road trip you’ve ever been on?
  • Where’s the last place you traveled? What did you do there?
  • Do you prefer action-packed vacations or relaxi...

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Conversation Starters: Small Talk Questions About Food

  • If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  • What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
  • What’s your go-to comfort food?
  • Are there any foods that you absolutely would not eat?
  • What are the best cheap eats around here?
  • ...

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Small Talk Questions About Entertainment

Small Talk Questions About Entertainment

  • Are you reading any good books right now? How about shows?
  • Are there any apps on your phone that you can’t live without?
  • If you could only watch one genre of movies for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  • Do you have any podcast suggestions for my commute?

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Conversation starters that'll make awkward small talk so much easier

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Insert questions into a conversation at the right time

As you listen, questions will come up in your head. But asking questions can interrupt the other person's thinking and derail a conversation.

  • Always attend and reflect before you ask a question.
  • When you do ask a question to encourage dialogue, ...

Notes On Small Talk

Notes On Small Talk

  1. The goal of small talk is to build a bridge between people. Subject is irrelevant, as long as you have one.
  2. Focus on what you'd like to learn about others and things you enjoy talking about.
  3. Ask follow-up questions and listen betwe...

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