Great Conversation Topic Starters

Have you ever hung out with a new friend, but you’re not sure what to talk about? The awkward silence takes over, and you’re just sitting there staring into space or your phone? You then try to think of some topics to talk about, but your mind isn’t exactly helping you think of some questions. Well, you’re in luck! We’re going to talk about some conversation topics that you can talk about with your new friend.


1. What are your Hobbies?

Girl with camera taking photo of friend

One topic to mention is asking what their hobbies are. As Sean Cooper states in his article:

“If you find out what a person’s hobbies are, you instantly know a lot more about them.”

Ask what they like to do, such as “Do you enjoy playing an instrument?” or “Do you like photography?” As Sean mentions from his article that hobbies are things people enjoy doing that aren’t paid to do, so try to get a sense of things they enjoy doing. He also mentions 5 questions he finds best pertaining to hobbies that you can ask.

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2. What are you looking forward to?

Crew helping others

Asking about what they’re looking forward to will give you a sense of idea of things they have planned ahead. Just as Chris Colin and Rob Baedeker mentioned in their article

“Small talk is an essential part of the social contract.” 

They mention how small talk is very important as it helps you find similar interests with low risks of asking the wrong questions. 

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3. What do you think about {current news}?

Reading the newspaper

Asking them for their opinion about a current event that’s happening, or asking how often do they read the news will help you understand whether they are keeping up to date with current news. Try to avoid politics or religious topics, as C.B. Daniels mentions in the article:

“You probably shouldn’t discuss these topics unless you want to get into an argument with the person or make the person uncomfortable. Seriously, just don’t.”

As C.B. provides some great conversation tips, C.B. also talks about not interrogating the friend and if the friend is giving one-word answers or avoiding contact, then maybe the friend doesn’t want to talk. 

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4. What do you Fear the Most?

Fear tiles

Everyone has a fear, but what do they fear the most? As Jillian Kramer lists a lot of questions from her article, one question we read that caught our attention was asking what they fear the most. When asking this question, you get a sense of an idea of their sensitive side.

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5. Who do you wish you could be more like?


This question is kind of asking who their role model is, when asking this question, you understand what type of person they want to lean towards. If he/she chooses Steve Jobs, then that person may want to be/is innovative. If the person chooses a doctor, fireman, or a policeman, then that person may enjoy saving lives. As Margarita Tartakovsky states in her article:

“There are many things we don’t know about our friends and family, and ourselves.”

As she talks about asking the right questions will help find new things about their loved ones.

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There are many topic conversation starters to try, so luckily, you don’t need to have that awkward silence. Give the topics we mentioned in this article a try when seeing your new friend! If you have more suggestions on some topic conversation starters, then let us know!

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