Picture this: you're on a first date. You've already gone through the routine first date questions ("How are you?", "Where are you from?", "What do you do for work?"). Now the conversation has hit a painful lull, and you anxiously look around for the waiter to bring out your orders and break the pressing silence.
Everyone's been there, but with these 25 compelling conversation starters, you don't have to get caught in the awkwardness again. In fact, you'll be able to hit it off with anyone.
1. Have you read any books recently that made you see something in a new way?
2. What are your least favorite parts of a first date?
3. If you could go anywhere in this city tonight, where would you go? (Maybe even take them there later).
4. What's something people wouldn't guess about you?
Don't bombard them with questions; let the conversation flow.
Answer your own question after they've answered - they want to get to know you too!
Get to know them, but don't get too personal or private ("What was your darkest moment in life?", "Who was the last person you loved?").
Have your listening ears on and try to remember as much as you can. If things go well, you can take the things they told you and turn them into fun future dates or gifts.
Don't be nervous. With the right questions, the conversation won't get awkward. Plus, confidence is attractive.
Some of these conversation starters might sound random or forward, but don't be hesitant - people love it when others seem genuinely interested in getting to know them better. So don't let that conversation lull! Instead, hit it off instantly by asking the right questions.