If you are a nervous in social situations and don’t know what to say, having some thought-provoking questions will make anything less stressful.
As a girl who grew up pretty shy, this really spoke to me. I always admired extroverted people who could walk into a room and own it. They didn’t question what they said or plot what they would talk about.
They just walked right in and said what was on their mind. I, on the other hand, didn’t know what to say and would stress about social situations. For any event, I would try to figure out who was going to be there so I would have a list of things to say.
Talking to someone you don’t know is not always an easy thing to do, especially if you don’t have any background on who they are. Sometimes engaging in a conversation can feel more like playing 50 questions. The typical questions like “What do you do?” or “How do you know the host?” or “What college did you go to?” will get you nothing but one-word answers followed by empty silence.
Starting a conversation is always awkward, but only if you don’t know what will engage people. Here are the best conversation starters for someone who doesn’t know what to say.
When you don’t know what to say – 50 questions that work like a charm
If you are someone who always thinks that you don’t know what to say, fear not. Being social, even if it does not come naturally, can be something that you can learn through practice.
If you know what to say, conversation flows pretty easily. You just have to know how to get other people to step in and guide the conversation. Once you do that, you’ll feel that you are talking as easily as being in a ping pong game.
#13 If you heard the world was going to be hit by an asteroid, but if you prepared for three months by building a shelter, you would have about a two percent chance of living. Would you spend three months planning or taking the time to live it up?
#14 If someone offered you a job in the arctic for ten years that would make you filthy rich, but you couldn’t talk to the people you love while there, would you take it?
#48 Do too many cooks really spoil the broth, or is it important that everyone give their best opinion and ideas?
#49 Who has been the biggest influence on you and why?
#50 What was the dumbest clothing trend of all time?
Small talk can be very difficult, especially if it doesn’t inspire anyone to engage in a conversation. If you ask questions that only get one word answers, at some point it is going to feel like a Q&A session.
Asking provocative, funny, and thought-provoking inquiries will help you get someone wrapped up in a conversation and in you. And if you use these questions, you will never again think that you don’t know what to say.
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