how do you start a converation?

Philippines
October 19, 2007 7:46am CST
How do you converse with a stranger? What are the things you tell, ask. please tell everything you could tell. thanks
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11 responses
• Philippines
19 Oct 07
you should start the conversation with a question and it be a common thing between the two of you like when you are both waiting in line to get tickets, you could ask the person about it, about the situation you're both in, as long as it's something you have in common...and hey, don't forget to smile, that's your best conversation starter
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@gwendovere (1283)
• United States
19 Oct 07
I hardly ever talk to strangers. I've found that for me, it's best to just keep quiet & keep to myself. Sorry I can't be of more help.
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
19 Oct 07
start with hi...then talk about something that you have in common such as the bus is taking a long time or what bus are you waiting for? or isnt this a great party etc then go from there.
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@steerforth (1802)
• Italy
19 Oct 07
It's not very easy to start a discussion with a stranger. I think we must talk about something that concerns ourself, for example if we are watching a concert we can talk about the concert or if we are at the stadium we can talk about the match. If we are at the disco is very difficult to speak, we can talk about something out of the disco.
@kara5287 (299)
• United States
19 Oct 07
i just try to bring up a topic that can keep a conversation going on different subjects..like..are you married, do you have kids-how old,what do you do for work,what do you like to do in your free time. nothing too intimate or anything just something to get a conversation going and those topics usually lead into stories and other related topics.
• Philippines
19 Oct 07
but how will you start a conversation with a complete stranger? :)
@kara5287 (299)
• United States
19 Oct 07
say "hi how are you today?" "nice weather we are having isn't it" whatever floats your boat really. anything that comes to mind cause just think you are a stranger to them too so they would be nervous too.
@SectorX4 (56)
• Australia
10 Nov 07
One thing that might help if they are looking tired/bored or something along those lines you can always ask them if they've have a long day, some people might not like something like that since its a bit personal but if the person has had a long day they'll be a lot more willing to talk about it. Once they have talked about then you can use that as an opportunity to introduce yourself and as other people have said it will depend on your location (concert, waiting in line, etc) but you can bring up something about yourself such as "I saw this band last time they were here" which could give you common ground in the other person also saw them the last time as well. Once you have common ground like the above it shouldn't be hard to hold a conversation as from that point you have an interest in common.
• Philippines
10 Nov 07
this is a good one.. nice man! thanks for sharing
• Romania
17 Jul 08
I have no trouble speaking to people the first time. However, I do not have rote questions that I ask. It always depends on the person for me.
@marciascott (25554)
• United States
10 Nov 07
I can start a conversation very easily, I am a people person I love people I can talk about anything and everything.
• India
21 Oct 07
hello arsonizta....hhmmmmmmm i have the smae problem too i simply can't start conversations with a complete stranger but if they make the effort first then i get going LOL but you can try a smile first. Thats what i do and most times it breaks the ice :)
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
20 Oct 07
well i always start it with a hi, or good morning/good afternoon/good evening. i am a singer and to start a conversation is hard but once you get used to it its easy. its one of the things that takes practices to make it perfect
@arcidy (5016)
• United States
19 Oct 07
Im not that great at starting conversations with people because im a pretty shy person. Usally what happens is they start talking to me first then im pretty good and feel more comfortible. But at work what I usally do to start a conversation is ask what time are they working to and thats what most people seem to start a conversation with.