5 Conversation Starters to Connect with Anyone


Starting off a conversation with total strangers and acquaintances can be very awkward. Since you don’t know or it may seem you don’t have much in common. Though such interactions are important as those very people play an important role in your personal life from dating to talking to family members and your professional life that of the interview panel, colleagues and seniors. So to help break-the-ice and fill in those gaps of silences use these conversation starters to ease in for an enjoyable and successful conversation.

1. Ask About the Basics

An easy way to begin is to start off with basic small talk questions. Such topics are light hearted and generic that almost anyone can make an answer them. These questions can be based on the weather, sport and current affairs. Though do keep in mind who you are talking to as any one of these topics can still disinterest people. Thus, take heed in their reactions, if they don’t reply with enthusiasm that is your signal to change your direction of the conversation.

5 Conversation Starters to Connect with Anyone

2. Use In-Depth Questions

When you feel much comfortable you can then strength the rapport. This acronym called “FORM is a guide formulated by Robert Adams. So you are able to cover all conversations under the moon. And the best thing is that they are seemingly basic yet still appropriate and polite.

F-amily: “How is your family?”, “Do you have siblings?”, “Are you from here?”.

O-ccupation: “How do you spend your time?” (Good questions if they don’t have a profession), “What type of work are you in?” , “How do you find your work?”

R-ecreational: Under this topic you can ask things based on their hobbies and interests. Such as, “What do you do for fun?” , “What’s your favorite food?” , “What do you like watching on TV?”

M-otivation: “If you were free, what would you do?” , “If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?”

You don’t need to stick to these categories there are alternatives for each letter. For example “M” can also be used for media and money. Personalize it according to how it suits the conversation at hand.

3. Use your Surroundings

Making statements and questions about the surrounding you both are in at the time is another safe option for making a start in conversation. Another thing too is that you both are sharing the same experience that doesn’t leave room for any guess work that asking ‘FORM’ questions may do. So take a look around and create statements like “The food was lovely” or “It’s quite busy today. And questions such as “it’s a nice arrangement, isn’t it?” or “How do you know the bride or groom?”. You can see these statements and questions do depend on the situation.

5 Conversation Starters to Connect with Anyone

4. Give a Genuine Compliment

For the most part we all love receiving a compliment. It feels great to be acknowledged for our beauty, wise choices and efforts. So when you get the chance, briefly look at them and notice something you like about their appearance. It could be there outfit, hairstyle, and accessories whatever it may be. However, it’s important here that the compliment is genuine. Otherwise they may suspect you are just saying it as a formality or sucking up to them. And not awkward and creepy.

5. Ask for Help or Advice

In asking for help and advice people feel proud that they are able to offer their expertise. Thus, in many cases, the will share so gladly. Use such questions like “I was working on XYZ, what do you think I should do?” or “Tell me how you make XYZ?”. Conversation wise, because they know something well the conversation can last for some time without a chance for silence. This is time enough to learn something new and open way for new topics to talk about.

And there you have it, 5 conversation starters widely used as a basis to form engaging conversation and meaningful friendships and networks.

If you have any questions you can leave a comment below or message me on Facebook – www.facebook.com/pdhotspot

Until next time,


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Cars and Driving

  • How old were you when you first learned to drive?
    • Was there anything difficult about learning to drive?
  • Can you drive a car?
  • Can you drive a manual shift car?
  • Do you have a car?
  • If so, what kind of car do you have?
    • Is it a standard (manual shift) or automatic shift?
    • Which do you like best, a standard or automatic shift car?
  • What are the advantages of owning a car?
  • What are the disadvantages of owning a car?
  • Are you a good driver?
  • Have you ever been in a car accident?
  • Have you ever been pulled over by the police?
    • What happened?
  • Have you ever driven a car in a foreign country?
    • If yes, which side of the road did they drive on?
    • Were the road signs different?
  • Are the drivers in your area where you live good drivers?
  • Do you know anything about repairing or maintaining a car?
    • What do you know how to do?
    • Where did you learn how to do this?
  • Do you enjoy repairing cars?
    • What are some things you do to maintain your car?
  • Do you prefer driving or riding public transportation?
  • What kind of car do you prefer?
  • Do you like drive at night?
  • Do you think cars should be banned from city centers?
  • What side of the road do you drive in your country?
  • Is drunk driving a problem in your country?
  • What kind of laws does your country have about drunk driving?
  • What is the penalty for drunk driving in your country?
  • Have you ever been (or) do you know anyone who has been in an accident related to drunk driving?
  • Is jaywalking legal in your country?
  • Do people often jaywalk in your country?
  • Who taught you to drive?
  • How long did it take you to learn to drive?
  • What is the longest trip you have ever taken by car?
  • Have you ever broken down and been stranded on the side of the road?
    • Who helped you?
  • How do American drivers compare to drivers in your country?
  • What are the speed limits in your country?
  • On what occasions do you honk your car horn?
  • Is it acceptable to honk in your country
  • Are men better drivers than women?
  • Are women better drivers than men?
  • At what age can you get a licence in your country?
  • Do you think the age for driving should be raised or lowered?
  • Do you think driving lessons should be provided by high schools?
  • Should new drivers have a period of accompanied driving?
    • Or some kind of trial period?
  • Do you have a GPS (Global Position System)?
    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a GPS?
  • Does the type of car a person drives tell us about the person who drives it?
  • What can we tell or imagine about a person by looking at the car they drive?
  • What are the laws about seat belts in your country?
    • How are they different to this country?
  • Is your car air conditioned?
    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of air conditioning?
  • Do you have a GPS?
    • If yes, when do you use it? If no, would you like one? Why or why not?
  • What is the price of gasoline in your country?
    • Is it cheaper or more expensive than in this country?
  • Do you allow passengers to eat inside your car?
  • What are the advantages/disadvantages of buying a second-hand car?
  • Do you wash your car yourself or do you have it washed?
  • Do you think that there is a relation between global warming and cars?
  • Have you ever seen a “hybrid” car?
  • What do you know about “hybrid” cars?
  • Do you really think that car manufacturers are interested in global warming?
  • How often do you need to get your car repaired?
  • On what occasions do you honk your car horn?
    • Is it acceptable to honk in your country?
  • Do you like to drive or be driven?
  • Have you ever bribed a policeman in your country after he pulled you over?
  • Is it common for traffic cops to accept bribes?
  • How are the traffic laws in your country?
    • Are they strict or lax?
  • Do most people follow the rules of the road?
  • Is it easy to find parking?
  • Is parking expensive?
  • What should be done in order to prevent traffic congestion in your city?
  • Is there any kind of rules to avoid traffic congestions?
  • How do you feel about spending time in your car during rush hour?
  • Is car theft a big problem in your country?
  • Have you had your car stolen?
  • Have you had your radio stolen?
  • Is road side assistance common in your country?
  • Can you change a flat tire?
  • Do you know anything about fixing a car?
  • Who taught you to drive?
    • Was it pleasant or unpleasant?
  • Have you ever broken down and been stuck on the side of the road?
    • Who helped you?
  • What do you think of international car-free days?
  • Can you recall any memorable car drive in your life?
  • What are the most frequent driving offenses?
  • What factors are responsible for railway crossing accidents?
  • According to insurance statistics women are better driver than men.
    • Do you agree?
  • What do you think of car pooling?
  • A Part of Conversation Questions for the ESL Classroom.

May 25th is National Missing Children’s Day

There were some 465,000 children reported missing in the US in 2016. Every day, all around the world, children go missing. In partnership with others, The Global Missing Children’s Center works to protect children from going missing or being abducted by providing resources on prevention as well as the appropriate actions to take in the event a child does go missing.

Tips for parents and caregivers:

Teach them their number.

Make sure your child knows his or her full name, home address and telephone number. Include this contact information in their backpack, coat, etc. Teach your child not to share this information with anyone he or she does not know without your permission.

Take a picture

Get into the habit of taking an updated picture of your child each year. This should be a head and shoulder forward-facing photograph with the hair down and no makeup or face paint.

Be prepared when in crowds.

It is important to be prepared when going into crowded places. Dress your child in bright, recognizable clothing that is easily seen if he or she should get separated, and be sure to designate a central location where your child knows to meet you if he or she gets lost.

Practice safe social media.

Talk to your children about the risks of sharing too much information on social media. Explain how “checking in” on social networks and sharing location information or routines can have negative consequences.

Listen and ask questions.

Listen if your child says someone makes him or her feel uncomfortable. Ask questions to better understand why. It is important for children to learn to trust their instincts.


The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children


Conversation Questions: Hobbies

A Part of Conversation Questions for the ESL Classroom.

  • What is your hobby?
  • How long have you had a hobby?
  • Why do people have hobbies?
  • Why did you start your hobby?
  • Can you make money from doing your hobby?
  • How many hours a week do you spend on your hobby?
  • Is your hobby safe or dangerous?
  • What is a hobby?
  • Why do people need hobbies?
  • What can one do as a hobby?
  • How much time can one spend on his/her hobby?
  • What is your hobby?
  • Does your hobby interfere with your work/study/personal life?
  • Do you spend money on your hobby?
  • Does your hobby influence your choice of friends?
  • Can a hobby save a child from bad peer influence?
  • Can a hobby be dangerous?
  • Have you got a hobby?
  • How long have you had your hobby?
  • Which hobbies are the most expensive?
  • Which hobbies are the cheapest?
  • Which hobbies cost nothing at all?
  • Which hobbies are the most popular in your country?
  • Is hunting a hobby or a sport in your country?
  • Which hobbies are the most popular with women in your country? With men?
  • Did you have any hobbies when you were a child?
  • Can you think of any hobbies which are popular with children and adults?
  • Do you think a hobby is different from a sport?
  • Are there any hobbies you would like to try?
  • Are there any dangerous hobbies?
  • Are there any hobbies you can do in other countries, but not your own?
  • Which hobbies do you think are the most difficult?

If you can think of another good question for this list, please add it.


3 Myths About PTSD

3 common misunderstandings about PTSD to reconsider:

  1. PTSD is a sign of mental weakness
    PTSD can happen to anyone. It is not a sign of weakness. A number of factors can increase the chance that someone will have PTSD, many of which are not under that person’s control. For example, having a very intense or long-lasting traumatic event or getting injured during the event can make it more likely that a person will develop PTSD. PTSD is also more common after certain types of trauma, like combat and sexual assault.
  2. People with PTSD are dangerous
    Although PTSD is associated with an increased risk of violence, the majority of Veterans and non-Veterans with PTSD have never engaged in violence. When other factors like alcohol and drug misuse, additional psychiatric disorders, or younger age are considered, the association between PTSD and violence is decreased.
  3. Nothing can be done for people with PTSD
    There are more effective PTSD treatment options than ever. Effective treatments for PTSD include different types of psychotherapy (talk therapy) or medication. Studies have shown that for some people, these treatments can get rid of symptoms altogether. Others find they have fewer symptoms or feel that their symptoms are less intense.
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