Starting a conversation to get to know someone or breaking an awkward silence can be very stressful. To start a conversation when you have nothing to talk about, use these guidelines.
Finding Things to Talk About
Remark on the location or occasion. Look around and see if there is anything worth pointing out. Examples of location or occasion comments: “This is a gorgeous room!”, “Such incredible catering!”, “I love this view!”, or “Great dog!”
Ask an open-ended question. Most people love to talk about themselves; it’s your place as the conversation starter to get them going. An open question requires an explanation for an answer rather than just a simple yes or no. Open questions tend to begin with who, when, what, why, where, and how, whereas closed questions tend to start with do, have, and is/am/are.
* Closed questions: “Do you like books?”, “Have you ever been to this university?”, “Is spring your favor