Thursday, August 3, 2017

Beyond Small Talk

Small talk, the bane of introverts and Germans.

How do I know it's the bane of Germans? My son-in-law is German and he doesn't understand the American past time of small talk. What's so interesting about the weather? Like introverts he prefers conversation about ideas, hopes, dreams, plans--things many of us feel are worth talking about. He's very good (sehr gut) at bringing up whatever topic he's currently investigating and explaining it and exploring others thoughts on the subject. Introverts--and Americans in general--have a harder time with that. 



That's where conversation starters are so great!


Because I'm the way I am, I like "directed conversations". By that I mean, some kind of game where the conversation is intentional. I think that's why I love conversation starting questions so much. 

There are lots of great uses for these cards:
  1. Keep them at the dinner table and let everyone choose one each night to ask of everyone in general.
  2. Keep some in the car for long car rides. They really break up the monotony.
  3. Carry a few in your purse or wallet to ask when you get together with a friend or meet a new colleague. Sneak a peek and then ask the question as though it was on the tip of your tongue.
  4. Take a card to church in your Bible and ask it of the person next to you during coffee break. 
  5. When you have guests over, toss a few cards in a basket and have each person choose one, read it and answer it.
  6. A group of people can pick a question and choose someone in the room to ask the question to.
So today I'm offering 60 more conversation starter questions. These aren't deep, idea-driven questions. They are more along the lines of getting to know the other person, but they can lead to deeper conversations. This is a non-threatening place to start.



Click the links below to get printable versions of the conversation starting question cards. They are formatted to print directly on Avery® Business Cards 28878  (Avery®  Template 8371or print them onto cardstock and the guidelines will show where to cut to get cards of uniform size.

Conversation Starters 1

Conversation Starters 2
Conversation Starters 3

For 50 more printable conversation cards, click here.

And even 50 more click here.
For trivia question cards, click here.
For end of year conversation starter cards click here.

And for special conversations for married couples click here.







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2 comments:

  1. I love this! A friend was just saying she can't stand being constantly asked what she's going to do in that empty house now that her oldest has graduated. It made me realize I need to find more conversation starters, so the timing here is perfect. :)

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