Best & Worst Small Talk Topics
I used to joke that I must look like I want to talk, because random people start up the funniest conversations with me! So I've heard a lot of conversation starters, some great ones and not so great ones..
This isn't how to hit on someone or flirt, this is just how to be more friendly and talkative to the random people you run into every day!
The Worst & Most Awkward:
- Random pieces of advice: One time I had an old lady tell me randomly to go to college and get a degree so I don't end up like her! She was a cashier. It was kind of depressing! (Ironically, I didn't go to college!) I've heard stories from my girlfriends who are moms that other moms or grandmas come and give them completely uncalled for advice. People don't want to hear your opinion unless it's kind!
- Catcalls: This isn't even a conversation starter. It is just a guarantee that I am not going to make eye contact with you and I'm going to walk away as fast as possible.
- Rants: I hear these a lot. I'm at the store and I ask the cashier how her day is going and it immediately turns into how she hates her boss and how she doesn't want to be there. Always ends up in me awkwardly laughing!
- Randomness: This one can go either way. There is this one girl at this particular store that I always try to avoid because she will start talking about whatever it is she is thinking at that moment, and she *won't stop!* It drives me crazy. One time she was talking about her long hair and how it get everywhere (she went into gross detail..I almost just walked away!) Before you start spitting out facts about your like, think: "Would this person actually want to know this about me?"
- Politics: No, no, no. Enough said.
The Best & Easiest:
- Compliments: Not catcalls! I love it when I'm trying to figure out if I should buy something and someone says, "That looks amazing on you!" Not only are you complimenting them but you are also helping them decide if they should get it! Be careful to not be creepy though, sometimes being overly specific with your compliment can be weird.
- Weather: I know it's cliche but it really helps start a conversation and break the ice! If you live in Pittsburgh, there is always something to talk about when it comes to weather because it changes every hour!
- Funny Remarks: Making someone laugh is the easiest way to start a conversation I think. Because you've broken down the initial awkward wall and established common ground.
- Relating to Someone: Here is a classic that I like to use, if I'm at the checkout and the computer is taking forever to print the receipt of they are having problems, I say, "I used to work as a cashier and the computer we used was still on dialup! It took even longer than this!" Finding something in common with someone creates an instant bond.
- Asking a Question: "Where'd you get those adorable shoes?" "How's your day going?" "Any plans this weekend?" The possibilities for this one is endless.
- Sports: This one is straight forward! Ask them if they saw the game last night or if they plan on watching the next one.
Do you have any other small talk tricks or topics? I'd love to hear them!