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Iva Divic

10 ways to kickstart a conversation with anyone, anytime, anywhere

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What makes a good conversation? A great conversation starter! πŸ™Œ

Meeting new people is fun, but having an enjoyable conversation with a stranger is what really connects people. To give you some inspiration we’ve decided to share our top 10 killer conversation starters that are anything but basic ⚑️⚑️⚑️

1. Who is your favorite superhero? πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

This opening line breaks the ice right at the start! Everyone has a superhero they admire and probably imagine they could be like. You can find out so much about the other person just by knowing who their most admirable hero is. Ask your new buddy why they picked that superhero and what makes them so special. Keep the conversation going by asking: If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Now, that will definitely pep up your conversation!

2. What's the best movie or series you've seen recently? πŸ“Ί

This question never goes out of fashion. It's easy to get to know a person by talking about movies or series they like. Have you watched a great movie yourself recently? Bring it up. If they’ve seen it you can discuss what you liked about it. If they haven’t, you can recommend it. No spoilers allowed!

3. If you won the lottery, what's the most ridiculous purchase you'd make? πŸ’Έ

Now, this question is gold - literally! It's always fun to hear how other people imagine having a rich, glow up life. A little daydreaming never killed anyone, right? πŸ’β€β™€οΈ

4. Do you have any pets? πŸ¦–

If you're into animals and have pets of your own, there is no better way to find the connection with somebody who gets your admiration for cute, furry creatures. From cats, dogs, hamsters, parrots to more exotic ones like snakes and chameleons, animals are always an interesting topic.

5. What's your favorite food? πŸ•

All you foodies who love to cook and eat, this is your cue. Food connects people, and you can learn so much from your international friends and their popular national dishes. Ask your fellow foodie what recipe they like to cook and what makes their friends ask for more. You can also laugh while confessing your biggest cooking disasters. I mean, who has the time to read instructions on how to use a crockpot? πŸ™„

6. What’s your hobby? πŸ€ΉπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Each one of us has a personal passion project, and often it means a lot to us. We dedicate our time and energy to do something that makes us genuinely happy. You never know what secret side hustle someone has. If you get your new friend to talk about their hobby, you will already know so much about them, especially if you both have the same or similar interests.

7. What was your best and worst traveling experience? πŸ—Ί

Sharing memorable moments from travels can tell a lot about your new friend. You could compare experiences if you traveled to the same country. Plus, it can be an excellent introduction to describe your own country and what makes it unique.

8. If you could be a famous person for one day, who would you be and why? 🎩

Nothing beats this question when it comes to icebreakers. People like to imagine they are someone else, especially if that person is their role model or inspiration. You can find out a lot about the person's values, motivation and beliefs by listening carefully to their answer to this question, trust us.

9. What's the worst thing you’ve ever done as a kid and got away with? πŸ‘»

Ask this question if you want to give a little homage to all our "Dennis the Menace" moments. A lot of us have incredibly funny stories from our childhood that we aren't particularly proud of, but still, kids will be kids.

10. What was the best/worst part of your week?πŸ‘‚

This is a very friendly and honest way to get to know somebody quite fast. Depending on how personal their answer is, you can continue the conversation in a lighter or more serious tone.

Whatever opening questions you will use to kickstart your next conversation, always keep in mind these two tips:

πŸ’‘ Improvise: Our best advice is just to be funny and authentic!

πŸ™…β€β™‚οΈ Avoid negativity: Rude comments, throwing shade, complaining or hate speech usually lead to an epic fail.

Get Ablo and start connecting with people around the world! Just tap the magic button on your phone and, in the blink of an eye, you connect with someone who can be in any part of the world 🌎🌍🌏

The best part: you don’t have to worry about language barriers, because on Ablo, everybody understands each other thanks to simultaneous translations! πŸ€—

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