Great Conversation Starters

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A few weeks back I asked you how to get the Meat of a conversation. Well today you get two tips for cool (and casual) conversation starters.

Make up something about them.

Seriously, I love this one. I say “Oh you look like a Rock Climber.” Try to make it somewhat plausible. Usually they aren’t but they will talk about what they are and there you go;) The best is when you guess right. Make a game of it.

CONGRATULATIONS

I got this one from Atish. Basically, you say congratulations to the person right when you see them. This works better with someone you know already. They will think about it and generally respond with “oh yea, thanks for remembering.” It’s really funny and works well. I tried it on my friend last week and he went on about something I nearly forgot he did.

Any other fun ways to start conversations?

A Couple Starting a Conversation in a Park

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23 responses to “Great Conversation Starters

  1. Michael Sitarzewski Reply

    If you have a desire to talk to someone there are a ton of great things to use. For example… at a coffee shop “How are [insert drink here]s today?” or after they order the drink from hell “That was a mouthful. How did you determine that that was the way you like it?”

    Shirt color, cool shoes, familiar faces, long lines, other people… they’re all great conversation starters.

  2. Brian Breslin Reply

    I know, just KNOW this is going to turn into a pickup line post….

    hands down most effective opener ever: Hi/Hello/Hey (pair it with a smile, and you are good to go).

    That is a universal one, doesn’t matter if you’re picking them up, just making conversation, at a cocktail party, meeting someone for the 50th time.

    This also relates to the question “So, what do you do?” which I think you should all replace with “so, what do you like to do?”

  3. Michael Sitarzewski Reply

    “Hi” or “Hello” certainly will open the door. That next thing is what is challenging for a lot of people. It comes naturally to me, as long as I’m actually interested in the conversation in the first place.

  4. Bernadette Reply

    If i had seen them around and know who they are, I just save all the pretentious small talk and just go right up to them and say “I know you.”

    So much easier.

  5. Will Reply

    It is all situational, but if you are in an elevator, you could complain how it is taking so long. People love to pile on when it comes to complaining. If you are waiting in a line, complain how slow it is (again, people love to complain).

    Will

  6. Sri Reply

    I once used a cheesy pick up line and the girl gave me a funny look and then i said…ok, let me come back and try again…which she laughed and said ok. Worked only that ONE time.

    How about this line….
    “is that a monkey in ur pocket, or are u just glad to see me…”

    hmmm….maybe not.

  7. JR Reply

    When approaching a couple of ladies and after a quick introduction/exchange of names say, “so my friend and I were having a debate, is Khaki a Material Or a Color?” It is irrevelant the answer is… ladies will then look at each other and spit out a 3min. answer – you are in! Then… when they are down say the all time best (tell me more) question…”How do you mean?” On comes another 3min answer you are in….

    One more good one: “Who lies more? Men or Women?… After they answer say…”How do you mean?” Golden words to live by – Treasure them. LOL.

  8. JR Reply

    *Wow… submitted my comment without re-reading my sh*t… Corrections in line. ;-)

    When approaching a couple of ladies and after a quick introduction/exchange of names say, “so my friend and I were having a debate, is KHAKI a material Or a color?â€? It is irrelevant *what the answer is… the ladies will then look at each other and spit out a 3min. answer – from this point, you are in! Then… when they are *done say the all time best (tell me more) question which is…â€?How do you mean?â€? On comes another 3min answer…. get the drift?

    One more good one is: “Who lies more? Men or Women?… After their answer say…â€?How do you mean?â€? 3min answer will follow. Golden words to live by – Treasure them. LOL.

  9. Shams Reply

    I think situation is the factor here. In a wedding or birthday, you can start talking from anything funny, but what you do when you are in a funeral or when it’s too hot and you meet someone in the bus (while you are boiling). It’s wit. That works that time.

  10. vanae Reply

    turn to them and say “so, what’s your highlight of the day?”- people usually don’t expect that one, so they’ll take a pause and actually think about it. or ask “have you heard of the free hugs campaign? well, i’m giving them out today and wanted to know if you’d like a one”.

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  12. Robis Reply

    “Exactly what made you pick that dress?” (shoes/ring/whatever)
    Followed by “no no, it looks greeeeeat…!”
    Remenber to smile and have confident body language, and it’s a piece of cake!

  13. Karen Hartline Reply

    My favorite, “Do you have a name…or can I call you mine?” **I’m sure all the guys are writing this one down.** A little awkward at business conferences, though. Keep that in mind.

    Honestly…it’s all about the confidence you have when delivering the line. It’s the sexiest thing someone can posess. Just don’t go overboard or it comes off as arrogant.

    Confidence + genuine interest + smile= MUY CALIENTE!!!

  14. Small Business Marketing Reply

    (even with the big smile, I can see that) You look pensive today. Is it something you want to try on met?

    I’m sure you don’t remember me and I’m not going to tell you when we met! (Although I never met the person before). Works really well with a woman and she start becoming very paranoid but that gives me the upper hand.

  15. Small Business Marketing Reply

    (even with the big smile, I can see that) You look pensive today. Is it something you want to try on me?

    I’m sure you don’t remember me and I’m not going to tell you when we met! (Although I never met the person before). Works really well with a woman and she start becoming very paranoid but that gives me the upper hand.

  16. marko Reply

    Honestly…it’s all about the confidence you have when delivering the line. It’s the sexiest thing someone can posess. Just don’t go overboard or it comes off as arrogant.

  17. musik Reply

    I’m sure you don’t remember me and I’m not going to tell you when we met! (Although I never met the person before). Works really well with a woman and she start becoming very paranoid but that gives me the upper hand.