Conversation Starters and Stoppers
The next time you’re at a loss for words, rely on these one-liners for a quick way into or out of a conversation.
An awkward pause can open like a sinkhole in the middle of party patter, sending you and your conversation partner scrambling for safety. Here are some suggestions next time you need help reaching for the right words.
- Say something nice: “What a beautiful necklace you’re wearing!”
- Compliment the host: “Jane always makes the best crab cakes.”
- Discuss something everyone can agree on (the weather, the traffic).
- Say something nosy: “How much did you pay for that necklace?”
- Cut down the host: “It’s so like Jane to use fake crab in the ‘crab’ cakes.”
- Dispute something no one ever agrees on (religion, politics).
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