OK. You’re looking for interesting topics to talk about with someone, right? Unless you are fairly familiar with the person you are talking to, I’d highly recommend keeping things light and funny to start off. If you start asking questions that are too deep and probing, there’s a really good chance that your going to come across as some kind of freak. I mean really, if we just met and you started asking me questions about the saddest day of my life or what my deepest secret was, I’d start to wonder about you in a hurry. You might as well wear a shirt that says “CREEPER” across the front of it on your first date. After you’ve known each other for a while, then sure, go deep, but you’ve got to use some common sense.
Be Funny and Interesting!
Nowadays, it’s pretty likely that you or the person you are talking to has some type of high tech communication device on you. Heck, some people pretty much build their lives around them. Why not take advantage of that technology? Some of the women I work with spend most of their lunch time showing each other goofy pictures and videos on their phones. Here’s a great example for a conversation starter.
This viral video is funny, cute, and has an adorable dog in it. It also has over 42 MILLION views and hundreds of thousands of likes. They even interviewed the family of the dog on Good Morning America. You can’t lose! (It’s a lot better than talking about the weather.) I love watching this clip because Denver, the canine star of this video, looks just like my dog that passed away earlier this year. She even has the same pink nose and green eyes of a “dudley” yellow lab. I miss you Popcorn! *sniff* I’ve got another dog though, and we’re getting a new puppy this week!
See what I did there? Now I’d ask you if you have any pets, and before you know it, we’ve got a conversation going without me getting weird and asking you about your relationship with your mother.
Have I Gotten Your Attention?
You can throw in some trivia too to keep things interesting. I’ll stick with the whole living online theme here. Did you know that statistics say that YOU have roughly the attention span of a goldfish. Maybe less nowadays. Those statistics say that if I don’t GRAB your attention in the first THREE SECONDS after you hit my website, you’ll be gone with the wind, clicking the back arrow to see what other interesting things Google, Bing, or Yahoo (or your other search engine of choice) has to offer. I’ve got to work pretty hard to keep your interest. If you’re still reading, I guess I’ve probably made it past those first three seconds. Whew! Do you use sites like Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook much? Oh yeah? Which is your favorite? See what I did THERE?
Something Funny to Talk About
I think that most people like to laugh. With THAT in mind, here are two outrageously funny lists that were actually put together by Amazon.com of all places. Each of these lists is made up of some of the funniest product reviews you will EVER read. Seriously, I don’t actually laugh out loud very often while I’m sitting at the computer, but when I read these lists, my family thought I had lost my mind because I was laughing so hard that I was darn close to crying! By the way, if you have a smart phone, bookmark this site so you can whip these two lists out at will for sharing with others. (You’ll see why in a minute.) They were actually sort of tough to find.
Funny Product Reviews List 1
Funny Product Reviews List 2
OK. I hope you liked those lists. If you read them with someone else, you’ve definitely got something to laugh about together. Maybe you even decided to buy one of those “amazing” products. If you’re a guy and you’re single, you’ve got to get the Three Wolf Moon shirt from List One. There is no longer any excuse for you not to have that “special someone” on your arm.
How Do People Spend Their Time Online?
Did you ever wonder if you were a “typical” internet user? Here is an interesting conversation starter for you…
Life can be pretty interesting if you just take some time to look around. Now that we’ve got the internet at our fingertips, you can find just about any information that you could possibly want in a fraction of the time it used to take. For an information junkie like me, it’s the Golden Age. Some people are even cashing in just by writing about the things they like to do! When I was a kid, I spent hours reading encyclopedias just because I loved learning new things. What can I say? My sister said that I was king of the dorks. Maybe she was right. Now I like to look for random interesting topics and I try to learn something new every day.
I love to learn new things, so starting a site like Interesting Topics to Talk About seems like a fun way to share some helpful tips, interesting ideas, and unusual finds with other people who are easily distracted by shiny objects. Enough about me though…
How to Instantly Become More Interesting to People
Here is your free helpful tip of the day. If you aren’t a natural social butterfly, pay attention. This will help you a lot.
Have you ever found yourself struggling to find something interesting to say to another person? You’re probably trying too hard. There is a simple way to almost guarantee successful social interactions, and you’ve probably experienced this first hand. If you’ve never read the book How To Win Friends and Influence People, I definitely recommend it. It’s an older book (over 2,000 reviews), but Dale Carnegie does an excellent job of explaining the fine art of deftly dealing with the other humans we interact with every day.
When I read this legendary book, a big old light bulb went on for me. It is filled with a ton of useful information about how people interact, but the biggest take away for me was that people just LOVE talking about themselves. Think about it. Have you ever met someone who seemed really skilled at the art of conversation? Chances are, they probably didn’t even do very much speaking. They probably just encouraged you to start rambling on about yourself. People are funny that way. They talk about themselves to another person for ten minutes and then walk away thinking that the other person was absolutely fascinating! Try it the next time you find yourself conversing with someone. Just keep feeding them questions that encourage them to talk about themselves. Grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and relax. They will carry most of the conversational load and will walk away thinking that you were born with the gift of gab.
I hope you find something interesting here. Feel free to share some random fact about life or something useful or interesting in the comments.