Conversation starters

Leonilda Renaldo

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that when we ask what the most complicated thing about a conversation is, most answer “the beginning” – that is, actually starting a conversation. Even more so if you don’t know anybody. How are you supposed to go up to a complete stranger and just start talking to them?

Luckily, reality is much kinder to us than the scenarios we imagine in our heads. In real life, nobody will turn their back on you if you go up to them and say something along the lines of, “Hello, my name is so-and-so. It’s so nice to meet you!” Let me let you in on a little secret: people feel undoubtedly relieved that you dared to take the first step!

However, this whole process will be much easier if you have some conversation openers ready to go. That’s why I’d like to share some with you that I find particularly useful.
When in doubt, you can always rely on classic conversation starters, such as:

Even if classic conversation starters work well, it’s better to tailor it according to whom you’d like to speak to. You could, for example:

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