How to Start a Conversation and Keep It Flowing

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Are you guilty of having your mind go blank when you’re trying to start a conversation with someone? It can definitely be hard to come up with good conversation topics – you’re not alone in this. 

Whether you’re trying to start conversations with friends coworkers, or potential investors, the following tips will have you talking up a storm in no time.

About This Weather…

This is the tried-and-true conversation starter for good reason. It never hurts to comment on how lovely the day is, or how not lovely the day is. This can be a fantastic opening line to help strike up a conversation.

Notice Anything Pleasant?

If you can find something positive to comment on, make use of it. A shared experience can go a long way in helping to develop an even longer conversation. Just avoid commenting on anything negative, unless it’s about the weather. No one likes a Negative Nancy.

Ask for Help

People love to feel helpful or appreciated. Use this to your advantage by asking someone for directions, more information about a subject, or even help to grab something just out of your reach. 

Offer Compliments

If you notice that someone looks especially nice, or they did something worth commenting on in general – leap at this chance! Don’t make the mistake of fawning over them, however. You don’t want to come across as creepy.  Be genuine and don’t offer praise unless you mean it. 

Introduce Yourself

Although this won’t work in every setting, sometimes it doesn’t hurt to try the direct approach. You can even nestle it in with a compliment.  For example, you could say, “Hi, my name is…  I couldn’t help but notice that you did really well at that thing you did, and wanted to let you know.”

Could I Get Your Opinion?

Another thing people love to do is talk about their own opinions or their own experiences. If you notice them having a special drink, ask them about it! If you just finished watching a movie, or a person giving a speech – ask someone what they thought about it. The opportunities are endless if you keep your eyes open for them.