Conversation Topic: Repeat what they said
“If you are shy and don’t know what to say try being an empathetic listener. Reflect back what you hear the other person saying and offer compassion. This allows the other person to feel heard, validated, and accepted –and they’ll want to spend more time talking with you.” —Fran Walfish, PhD, Beverly Hills family and relationship psychotherapist, author of The Self-Aware Parent.
Conversation Topic: Join the fun
“Introduce yourself by going up and saying ‘You look like you’re having a lot of fun so I wanted to come and say Hi!’ This is effective because it exudes confidence and charisma. Just make sure to pair it with a bright smile and make eye contact.” —Michael Banovac, founder of The Millionaire Date Doctor.
Conversation Topic: Dig for little-known info
“Ask someone ‘What is something I would have never guessed about you?’ This is a good starter because everyone likes to feel unique and their answer will reveal a little more than they might have initially been willing to give away. It’s a little intimate but not too much.” —Rochelle Peachey, dating and relationship expert and founder of I Love Your Accent