Have you ever been in a situation where you didn’t know what to say to start a conversation?
Maybe you were at a party and realized that the only person there that was really close to your age group was somebody who had no interest in talking with you. Or maybe it’s just hard for you to start conversations without asking “so, what do you do?”
If this sounds familiar, then this article is perfect for you! We have 50 question ideas that are sure to get conversation started and keep it going with somebody you just met.
Questions to get the conversation started: Top ideas
1. What do you like to do in your free time?
2. What’s the best part about living where you live?
3. Tell me more about yourself!
4. How did you meet the host of the party?
5. Do you have any pets?
6. What was your favorite subject in school and why?
7. Do you know anybody here from work or as a friend of a friend?
8. What’s your ideal vacation spot, not including where you live now?
9. Who is your favorite superhero or fictional character?
10. What’s your favorite movie?
11. Are you a cat person or a dog person?
12. What’s your favorite food?
13. What is something that you’re embarrassed about not knowing how to do?
14. Do you have a pet peeve or anything that really bothers you in general?
15. If somebody handed you a million dollars, what would be the first thing you would do with the money?
16. What is your least favorite household chore and why don’t you like it?
17. How did you meet this party’s host?
18. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
19. What is your favorite thing about this party so far?
20. How many siblings do you have and what are their names/ages?
21. Would you rather vacation on a beach or go skiing for a week in the mountains every year of your life?
22. What is the best advice you’ve ever been given and who gave it to you?
23. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
24. Do you prefer sweet or salty snacks/meals?
25. Is there a movie that has made an impact on your life?
26. What is your favorite TV show?
27. What is something people are always surprised to learn about you?
28. What is something people always assume about you, but it’s not true?
29. If you could be an animal for just one day out of the year, what would it be and why?
30. How do feel about social media?
31. If you could go back to a certain time in history, would you? Why or why not?
32. What is something that always makes you feel better when you’re sad/depressed?
33. Have any pets ever had an impact on your life and if so how?
34. Do people tend to assume things about you or your life because of the way you look?
35. What are some activities that make no sense to you?
36. What is your favorite book or author and why do you like them so much?
37. What’s your favorite country? (and have you visited it yet?)
38. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
39. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
41. Who is your favorite actor/actress?
42. What’s your favorite color?
43. What are some activities you always wanted to try but haven’t gotten the chance yet?
44. If you could meet anybody, living or dead, who would it be and why?
45. Do you prefer watching a TV Series or you’d rather watch a movie?
46. What is something people are always giving too much attention to these days?
47. If the world had zero technology, what would you do all day?
48. If the world was going to end tomorrow, what would you do today?
49. What is the best compliment you have ever received?
50. What do you think will be a big deal in our world 20 years from now?
Questions to keep the conversation going: how to never run out of ideas
The best way to make a good impression and get somebody talking is by asking “open-ended” questions. The possibilities here are endless.
That means, you want your question to start with one of these words: who, what, when, where, why. These words will help you get somebody talking and keep the conversation going.
Even better, if you actually listen to their answers, you will easily be able to come up with additional questions based on their answers.
If you’re running out of things to talk about, some good places to look for inspiration are people’s Facebook or Instagram pages!
You can always ask them if they would mind showing their page on your phone and connect there. You might have common friends or interests… you never know!
You don’t want the conversation to end after you say goodbye (even if there was no connection), so make sure that you ask for their phone number or email address at the end of your time together.
This way, it will be easier for both parties to stay in touch and continue what could potentially become a good friendship! If not… well… at least you tried!
Do you have other ideas to keep a conversation going? Let me know in the comments below.