Hence, I know the problems we’d face when we find ourselves in such spot and I’ve compiled a list of topics to talk about or more specifically, questions to ask a person, in order to get to know them better and avoid stepping into the trap of awkward silence.
These questions can either be used with someone whom you’ve just met off the street and are trying to get to know, or even with your pals whom you’ve known since your days of running around in diapers. Best thing about these questions?
Like all other questions, it can go both ways but its way more interesting to talk about as compared to the typical “Speed Dating” questions like “What do you do for work?” or “How old are you?” and etc. You know what I mean.
These questions are much MUCH more meaningful and significant than “Do you like to eat pizza?” Once you’ve asked, the askee may even ask you back and thus, start an interaction where you guys start bonding! Let the magic of human interaction begin 😉
Below are 9 awesome questions to ask. I have another 9 more lined up but I figured putting them together is too overwhelming so I decided to separate them.
9 of 18 “Awkward-Silence” Killer Questions:
- “What is something you have tried, but will never do again?”
Woah, ain’t this a memory digger? Bet you just started digging a little too 😉
This is an intriguing question that will get ANYONE thinking. Aside from being a good past experience digger, it also allows you to gauge how wild or daring your new friend really is. Perhaps the both of you have had the same experience and this will bring you closer together.
If it’s something REALLY personal and your new friend actually discloses it to you? Congrats bud, you just earned his/her trust. Do not betray their trust by sharing it with other people or you’d end up losing it and causing a lot of problems for everyone. They disclosed something personal to you for a reason.Cherish their trust.
- “When you die, what would you want people to remember you for?”
Another question that sends the brain’s neurons scatting off and pulling its drawers for memory files. Some people are ambitious and some aren’t.
We all have our reasons to do what we all do but the question which we all tend to forget: What am I doing all of this for? So far, I’ve only met people with two types of answers.
Either with a Goal/Ambition, or without. People who has no goals nor ambitions in life tend to answer “I don’t know” and when that happens, you can try suggesting that they maybe they’ve wanted to do something in the past when they were a kid (Become an Astronaut?) and they can consider to start working towards it!
But, there’s a reason why they aren’t ambitious so, if they don’t respond well to that suggestion, you can try helping them to see that maybe it’s not impossible (Usually things are only impossible if you limit your mind to believe that it is) but if they still choose to be negative about themselves, it’s fine. Don’t push any further.
Though they may not be ambitious, it doesn’t mean they aren’t good people! So if you happen to meet someone like this, do not judge them too quickly and start ignoring them.
If you meet one who knows what he/she wants? They’d not only answer your question, they might even start telling you their plan on how to make it a reality! Who knows, you guys might even have the same goal/idea and end up working together. Awesome!
- “If you are given the resources and hired to write ANY Book/Movie script you want, what would you write about? Why?”
This question speaks more towards the personality and sometimes, one’s preference of entertainment. People who wants to write about Fantasy genre would tend to be those who are very imaginative in their mind and may find themselves wondering on how nice it’d be if they can just get sucked into the Fantasy world itself.
Most people I’ve met of this genre tend to be more carefree and needless to say, LOVE the idea of the alternate universes that’s been created by the many geniuses of the genre and they definitely enjoy watching, reading and listening to media of that genre.
Personally, I’d write a book about self-help because I’ve been through some horrible social experience in the past and I definitely don’t want others to experience what I did so if I can do something about it, I will and writing a book actually does help!Did you learn something about me through that answer? I’m sure you did. Regardless on whether you know me personally or not.
- “Who is your best friend?”
Best friends must like you if the relationship were to ever have a chance of sustaining and working out. After all, we can cut ties with anyone at anytime. Why is this specific person/people still hanging around you? Why do you guys still choose to hang out together?
By knowing who their best friend is, you will be able to judge whether you truly want them as a friend, then make a good first impression and will be able to ask more questions about them.Follow up questions to ask:
“What are they like?”
“How did you guys meet?”Objective
here is to find out whether you guys are compatible and would help bring value to each other’s lives. If not, DO NOT waste both of your time trying to impress and befriend. There is not a reason to.
- “What is one thing you wish you could undo from your past?”
We are all humans. We make mistakes. Some of these mistakes are very difficult to understand and admit. If someone actually decides to share one of this with you, it will bring the two of you closer together for sure. Bonding is just so beautiful 🙂
- “What is your biggest fear?”
Fear can be used as a weapon against you. If you actually reveal such vulnerability to someone, it shows how much trust you have placed in them. Hence, someone shares this with you? Respect and thank them for it.
Fear can be seen as something negative but guess what, they allow you to really get to know a person. Knowing one’s biggest fear means you can further protect and know them better emotionally. Neat huh?
But please, be considerate with the pranks (I know how mischievous some of you are. Myself included) and do not go overboard with it when April 1st hits.
- “Would you rather have love or money?” **Dates**
This one is more for when you are going out with a Date. We all know where this is going so I won’t elaborate further. BUT, if they say: “Money, so that I can let my friends and family have a comfortable life and donate some to charity to help some needy folks too.” And he or she is truly sincere about it and you start avoiding them?
I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want, nor where you live but I will find out. Fly over, track you down and slap you in the back of your head.Bad you.
- “What is your favorite childhood memory?”
A trip down the good side of Memory Lane is always a great way to make someone feel safe and happy as they reminisce and invite you to walk hand in hand beside them through their experience, letting you learn more about them “First-hand”.
Everyone has a childhood memory that really makes them smile and happy.By getting to know their memory, you will be able to know exactly which part of their life was the most special and maybe you can do something special for them in future when the need arises.
Aren’t you sweet 😉
- “What is your most embarrassing moment that you can remember?”
Embarrassing moments are times we can look back on and laugh. This is a good question because it will make both of you laugh.
I remember one time when I actually tried to scare a monkey by running after it but it ended up with me running away from it because it started chasing me!
So, I shared the (18) questions in the past with a fellow blogger, who tested and tried them and that led to some insights so I’m adding it here because I feel that it’s beneficial for you to read. I got her permission to add her feedbacks into the post too, in case you’re wondering 😉
Ruth (From Ruth E Hendricks Photography):
“Your post came at a perfect time as this evening I attended a party with a large group of people I’d never met.
Instead of asking, What do you do? I discovered that the man I was speaking with has gone white water rafting and would never go again and that he is truly afraid of clowns. I was telling him about your blog post and how to avoid empty conversations and I asked him if I could test out a few of the questions. He was game. It was interesting and fun.
What I noticed is, he didn’t ask me anything at all so I thanked him and thought I had just better do it in a more natural way. It was just so wild that on the very day your post was up, I was invited to a surprise birthday party. Thank you.”
“Hahaha glad it helped!
I actually forgot to mention that it’s also perfectly normal that people don’t ask the question back because sometimes, we all get too caught up in the moment of wanting to express ourselves to the other party and we forget to ask about them in return.
Especially when the other party is so willing to get to know you!
Thanks for pointing this out to me. This brings me to something else which I’d like to point out, that can help in smoothening the flow of the conversation.
If your new friend actually started talking about something which you have a little bit of experience yourself? Share it!
It might create a separate special bond which only the two of you would have in the crowd cause you guys share something in common which says familiarity. It’s what we humans tend to look for! It’s also what separates you from the others and make you stand out 😉
I would like to add both your comment, along with this comment of mine to the post if you don’t mind, Ruth? I feel that it will be beneficial for everyone so let me know! Thanks for reading and actually applying it too haha!
Awesome to hear stories like that and I am happy to hear that you had a good time chatting up with someone new too 😉
Find Part 2 here!
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