Conversation Starters And Small Talk Tips For Every Situation And Person

100+ Conversation Starters That’ll Make For Interesting Discussions

October 24, 2019 Updated June 17, 2020

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Do you struggle to find good conversation starters? Hard same. Talking about the weather only goes so far until you reach that very familiar, very awkward silence. As a parent, you’re especially in need of good conversation starters: from PTA meetings, to playdates with new parents, to school pick-up and drop-off (those are times for VERY SHORT conversations.)

And there are other times you need things to talk about as a parent? You know… with your actual kids. Ever noticed that “how was school today?” is never really a hit? Kids can be reticent talkers, especially after a long day at school or preschool – let’s not even get started on teenagers. And while it’s nice to have some peace and quiet for a change — talking to our kids feels like an important part of raising them.

And as parents, we’re also people. We network, we want to make new friends! Finding things to talk about on sleepless mommy-brain is darn near impossible.

Here are some good ideas for how to start those conversations and keep them flowing:

Conversation starters with adults:

  • What was the best trip you’ve ever taken?
  • What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
  • What’s your story?
  • If you had to eat the same meal for a month what would it be?
  • What place on earth would you most like to go to?
  • What three verbs/adjectives/nouns that describe you?
  • Which time period, other than today, would you want to live in?
  • If you could have dinner with any celebrity/historical figure, who would it be?
  • What would you want to be reincarnated as?
  • Do you have a favorite plant/flower/tree?
  • What is something that’s difficult for you that seems to be easy for everyone else?
  • What is something that’s easy for you that seems to be hard for everyone else?
  • What’s a condiment you couldn’t live without?
  • What’s something people would be surprised to find out about you?
  • Who would play you in a movie about your life?
  • What is your guilty pleasure when it comes to TV/film/music?
  • What music would people be surprised to find out that you like?
  • What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?
  • What’s the riskiest thing you’ve ever done?
  • What’s your favorite karaoke song?
  • What’s your special skill?
  • If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
  • What’s your biggest passion?
  • What’s your favorite TV show?
  • Who is your favorite band or musician?
  • Which drink best represents your personality?
  • What’s something that always makes you laugh?
  • When was the last time you cried?
  • What was the last book you read?
  • What is your favorite book?
  • What was the last movie you watched?
  • Who is your idol?
  • What was your happiest moment?
  • What does success mean to you?
  • What is the best thing your parents taught you?
  • What was your favorite subject in school?
  • What’s something that keeps you up at night?
  • Who is your favorite celebrity couple?
  • Who is your celebrity crush?
  • Who has been the most influential person in your life so far?
  • Are you a cat person or dog person?
  • If you could swap lives with someone for a day, who would it be?
  • What’s the movie you’ve watched the most times?
  • If your house was on fire, what’s the one possession you would take with you on your way out?
  • What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
  • What was the most embarrassing moment in your life?
  • What’s the best gift you’ve ever given?
  • What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
  • What’s the strangest gift you’ve ever received?
  • What is your earliest memory?
  • What is your least favorite house chore to do?
  • If you could be any age, what would it be?
  • What’s a skill you wish you had?
  • What superpower would you want to have?
  • What are you reading right now?
  • What was your first job?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • Have you ever kept a New Year’s resolution?
  • What’s the one thing that makes you the most angry?
  • What is something that always makes you cry?
  • How long could you go without your phone?
  • What would be the title of your biopic?
  • If someone were to make a show about your life, what would you choose as the theme song?
  • Would you want the ability to see into your future?
  • What’s a song that always gets on your nerves?
  • If you could talk to your teen self, what would you tell them?
  • What’s the biggest lie you’ve ever told?
  • What do you think about white lies?
  • If you could spend a day with a fictional character, who would it be?
  • What’s your ideal day?
  • If you could live any place in the world, where would you live?
  • Would you prefer to live in the city or in the country?
  • Would you prefer to live by the sea or in the mountains?
  • What was your favorite toy as a child?
  • What is the worse pickup line you’ve ever heard?
  • Who do you think is the funniest person on earth?
  • What is your recurring nightmare?
  • What’s the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?
  • What’s the best dream you’ve ever had?
  • Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
  • Which member of your family are you most like?

Conversation starters with kids:

  • What is your favorite part of your day?
  • If you could only eat one food forever, what would it be? Why?
  • If you could spend the day with a character from a book/TV show, who would it be and why?
  • Who is your best friend? Why?
  • What do you like the most about yourself?
  • What is your favorite place on earth?
  • What is your favorite toy and why?
  • What is your favorite game and why?
  • If you could do anything, what would it be?
  • What special power do you wish you had?
  • What dinosaur would you like to be?
  • Who is least favorite TV character? Why?
  • What’s your least favorite thing to eat?
  • What subject do you wish they taught at school?
  • What is your favorite school subject and why?
  • What would the perfect playground look like?
  • What would your ideal room look like?
  • What is your favorite season and why?
  • If your friend was sad, how would you cheer them up?
  • What do you do to feel better when you’re sad?
  • What do you do when you’re angry to calm down?
  • What is your favorite dessert?
  • If I gave you $50 dollars, what would you buy with it?


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