Tuesday Ten: Questions That Will Make Small Talk More Awesome

October 8, 2013

Sixteen-Candles-2I’m not a big fan of small talk. I love to meet people, but discussing the weather with relative strangers makes me feel incredibly lame. Another thing I hate to ask, “What do you do?” in a way that implies “to make money” is the unspoken ending of the sentence. People are about more than their occupations, really, and it can be awkward to answer if one is between jobs or working a job he or she does not really enjoy.

Anyway, I’m here to help. Here are ten questions that you can use to make your small talk conversations much more interesting and fun. Or wait–these are probably things you don’t know about some of the people with whom you converse on a regular basis. These questions can make regular conversation more fun as well!

1. What is your favorite salad dressing?

2. Have you ever slept in a tent?

3. What was your favorite “required reading” book in high school?

4. Would you rather go skydiving or spelunking?

5. Where would you go on vacation if you had unlimited time and resources?

6. What was your very first job?

7. What color is your toothbrush?

8. What was the last thing you cooked?

9. What is your favorite form of artistic expression?

10. If you could travel through time, back to any day in your life, which day would you choose?

Pick a question and answer it in the comments!

3 responses to Tuesday Ten: Questions That Will Make Small Talk More Awesome

  1. Since I enjoy Toastmasters Table Topics I wan to answer two questions, not just one. 🙂

    What is the last thing you cooked? I made Quinoa with cut up soy dogs and a touch of Sriracha sauce.http://nibp.us/16v6YRZ

    What color is your toothbrush? It is white and it is a Sonicare Diamond clean. Best toothbrush on the market. After brushing you feel like you have been to the dentist. Buy one here: http://nibp.us/1fWSEYE

  2. I love these questions and hate small talk. The one that has made me think the hardest is a moment in time I’d like to relive.
    I think of some really great days like our wedding day, the days the children were born….those were the highlights of my life for sure but I have those days vividly in my memory. The ones that I’d like to live again, to remember more fully are two many to single out. The last day I spent with my mom when she was completely lucid, a conversation I had with my dad on his final days when I was too choked up to say all I wanted to or admit that the end was near come to mind. There are happy times too, that I just took for granted. I’d like to go back and savor them once again. But only for a while….I’m very happy with that all behind me. The present is a very fulfilling age and so much less work and stress than my younger years.

  3. Jessica Dickinson October 8, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I have slept in a tent, was 9 months pregnant with Josiah. Wasn’t such a good idea 🙂