Tips & Guidance

Talking to new people or striking up conversation with ‘strangers’ can be nerve-wracking, even for the most confident and charismatic among us.

We’ve pulled together a handy guide to help you get started (or keep going!).

10 conversation openers

Open-ended questions are your secret weapon for opening up conversation. Getting the other person to talk and sharing encouragement as they do (‘interesting’, ‘tell me more’, ‘ah I see’….),
is far easier than trying to entertain them with your own stories.
Below our top ten questions to strike up a chat:

  • Do you know anyone else here?
  • Where are you from originally?
  • How long have you lived in this area?
  • What made you sign up for this event?
  • Have you been to this venue/class/group before?
  • Do you have anything planned this weekend?
  • How’s your day been so far?
  • How’s your week going?
  • Whereabouts is your work based?
  • Have you been practising/following/enjoying [shared activity or interest] for long?
  • What do you most like/enjoy/want to see here today?

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