You might have a bit to say if I told you I was rehearsing for a play, giving up TV for a week or had taken up kick-boxing.
Making conversation doesn’t just come about by asking questions. Conversation is talking about experiences too.
Taking up a new activity or hobby is a great way to generate conversation. You have new experiences that you are keen to share, and others will have things they want to ask you about it.
I came across a post on social media recently of a girl named Caitlin who is going to live from only one tap of water for a week as part of TEAR’s “Live On One Planet” challenge. It’s her way of empathising with people in third world countries who don’t have the easy access to water we have, as well as drawing attention to the issue.
As much as I completely respect what she is doing, I couldn’t help also noting that she is going to have plenty of conversation for the next week and lots of friends curious to ask her more about it. Her simple water canister will be a conversation starter in itself.
Not only that, it’s an experience that she will randomly recall in conversation for years to come.
If you have been living on repeat, try something new. When next someone asks “what have you been up to?”, you’ll have a great response: “I’m doing an adult course on pottery”, “I’ve started writing a book about unusual pets”, “I’m trying a week of sugar-free recipes”.
On the course of thinking on a new line, we can stumble on an idea trail. If we follow it, that idea starts to take shape.
When we're in a forced conversation, the temptation is to default to light filler topics. But it's easy to have a gripping conversation with someone you have never met before. It could be more memorable than you expect.
The future is here. This is the new approach to conversation - the unexpected, the unconventional, the unpredictable.
When you talk to someone, you realise they have passions, struggles, quirks & hopes. The same as you. This is how conversation builds acceptance of diversity.
When we bump into someone we haven't seen in a while, conversation doesn't always come easily. What should you talk about after all these years?
The fascinating thing about children is that they see the world in a different way to what you do. Even more, they have tremendous imaginations. Why wouldn’t you want to tap into that?
Complaining people are boring. If you need to get things off your chest, apply some strategy to it.