Everybody craves deep and meaningful social interactions. May it be with the girl you like or if you’re just trying to hit it off with a classmate or colleague. However, walking over to someone and starting a conversation can be intimidating and challenging, especially when you don’t know what to talk about. Fortunately, there are quite a lot of ways to break the ice and spark engaging conversations. Here are the 10 best conversation starters that you can use to get to know someone better or to turn an awkward silence into a lively discussion.


1. Tell me about yourself.
Open-ended questions encourage the respondent to express themselves freely, unlike questions with a straightforward yes-or-no response.
Asking someone about themselves gives them the freedom to describe themselves from their perspectives, allowing you to know them, without coming across as invasive. By learning about them, you could talk about things they might find interesting.


2. What do you do for fun?
Everyone has something they love to do for fun or to unwind after a long day. Most people are often quite passionate about their hobbies and giving them a chance to talk about them allows them to talk about something they adore and enjoy.


3. Talk about people you look up to
People love obsessing over their role models and celebrity crushes. You could share about who you admire and ask them about theirs. You could try to highlight something they have in common with their role models. People can always use some words of affirmation. And it also would be a great way to kill some time by exchanging celebrity gossip.


4. What’s your favourite food?
Everybody has their go-to favourite food. As the saying goes, “The quickest way to a person’s heart is through their stomach.”
After you’ve learned the type of food they relish, maybe you could invite them out to dine. Who could possibly say no to food?


5. How was your day?
This one is kind of cliche and can be a little tricky to use. The typical response to this question is usually just a bland ‘fine’ or ‘good’. Regardless, the objective of this conversation starter is to show that you genuinely care about them on a personal level.
If you receive a bland response, try asking what they did. Although, avoid pressing the matter further if they seem uncomfortable going into details.


6. What was it like, growing up in […]?
If you’re talking to someone who grew up in a different city, you could ask about their experience growing up in their hometown.
Additionally, You could talk about local attractions worth visiting and food worth trying out.This conversation starter would help you learn about their personal experiences as they take a trip down memory lane and make it a pleasant chat.


7. What is your most cherished memory from you time in school?
There is nothing more nostalgic than the embarrassing we’ve done in our school days. From “first crushes” to “The Incident” at your school, recollecting and sharing about the good old days can be quite entertaining .Although people may need a minute or two to recollect them, it’s still fun to talk about them.


8. What’s a radical thought you’ve had?
Despite sounding quite grim, this would make a great conversation starter. It can be quite interesting to talk about each other’s ideals and how the world looks from each other’s eyes. Nevertheless, Do remember to refrain from being a jerk when you have a difference of opinion.


9. What’s the evilest thing you’ve ever done?
It may not be evil, but everyone must have done something that had gotten them into trouble, especially when they were kids. Although, It would be very uneventful if they were CBI’s most wanted at the ripe age of 11.
Often it’s just a funny story about how they got caught stealing from dad’s pocket or got into a fight with other children, which would be quite entertaining to listen to.


10. What kind of person do you want to be when you grow old?
Everyone has fantasies about the life they want to lead when they grow older. Some choose to lead a rich and lavish life. Some wish to be philanthropists. Quite a few prefer having a job they love, a beautiful family and a cozy home to return to after a 9-5.
It would be exhilarating to express the life you want to lead as you grow older out loud and hear about theirs. You can also follow up with “Would you rather…” questions like “Would you rather live on the hillside or by the ocean?” to make the conversation more lively.


Having the best conversation starter won’t mean much if you’re never going to use it. Remember, the key is to be sincere, curious, respectful and most importantly to have fun!

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