Look, sometimes we just need a little extra push to come up with something to say...some extra conversation starters to help that awkward silence melt away.
I got you.
Here are 300+ conversation starters and topics for you use in several different social settings. Use them with friends, coworkers, on dates, or out at happy hour!
(Also: If you need help with how to start conversations, check out this article.)
Pro tip #1:
Find 5 of your favorites and write them down on the notes app on your phone. Use them in your conversations this week.
Pro tip #2:
Be sure to balance asking questions with telling stories, and making statements. (No one wants to feel interrogated!)
Let's swan dive in... (For fun, I've answered a few of these in bold parentheses)
Conversation Starters and Topics for Friends
Sometimes, we need a few conversation topics to bring up with people we've spent a fair amount of time with. These questions will help you learn more about your friends!
Funny Conversation Starters and Topics
Nothing wrong with being a little off beat or wacky! These conversation topics will definitely make your next conversation memorable for both people.
Deep Conversation Starters and Topics
These are great for those people who love a good deep conversation! These conversation topics will take you waaaay past small talk.
Conversation Starters and Topics for Couples
It's date night and you want to talk about something other than the chores that need to be done at home. (Spoiler: It's laundry)
Try out some of these conversation topics and have a new conversation with your significant other!
First Date Conversation Starters and Topics
Ah, first dates!
The best/worst hours of your life. Is this your future spouse or will you try to shimmy out of the restroom window?
Either way, with these conversation starters, you'll have something to talk about!
Dinner Party Conversation Starters and Topics
Pass the guac!
Dinner parties are a great way to get to know new friends or go deeper with old ones.
Use these conversation topics to have a great time well into dessert!
Networking Conversation Starters and Topics
Networking events: More than just slinging business cards! Having a good conversation here can land you a new job or a new star employee.
Conversation Starters and Topics at a Bar
Bars: Good for blowing off steam from work, making bad decisions, and getting less sleep than you need. Mmm...those summer ales though...
Use these conversation starters to get some good vibes going until last call! (You're buying the next round, right?)
Conversation Starters and Topics for People You've Just Met
It's useful to have a few go-to conversation starters when you meet someone new.
My recommendation: Pick 5 and write them down on a sticky note and put that note in your pocket. Just knowing that you have those conversation topics will make you feel more confident in social situations!
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