‘What do you do for a living?’ is a conversation starter that I try to avoid asking whenever I meet someone new. I feel like it’s the boring, easy way out. Usually the answer is some pre-recorded speech: a script that the other person has already played 100 times at a party before. I don’t like being asked that question either.
Instead, I love to find topics that make the other person’s eyes light up; something the other is completely passionate about. Sometimes I can easily direct the conversation into that desired place, other times I feel like there is nothing I can do or say that will pull the conversation out of zombie mode. I do think that some questions are better at bringing out the best in others.
In my Instant Inspiration Kit, I added a poster with ’36 Questions to ask when you’re stuck in a boring conversation.’ With the holidays coming up (and thus potentially awkward conversations with distant relatives), it’s the perfect time to show how you can easily change any glass into a fun conversation starter.
What question do you hate most being asked at social gatherings?