Good conversation starters, how to open a conversation can easily be learned, there are unlimited great ways to open a conversation which makes it interesting, intriguing, on how many people don't know good conversation starters.
Hello, with a smile.
What a great way to start a conversation, to just say hello, with a smile. And yet, that simple conversation starter is often impossible for 80-95 percent of people.
Why? There are two belief systems:
1. We should not annoy, or interrupt people.
2. When entering a room, we should acknowledge people, and say hello.
Maybe the third belief system is, "I don't want to deal with this situation."
I am Andy Lee Graham, and I believe it is the personal obligation of every human to say hello, smile, greet people as we live our lives. Especially, when we are alone in a room with another person, when we walk into a coffee shop, and there is only one person inside, for proper etiquette, we should say hello, and smile.
Which one are you?
If you are number 1, we should not annoy, or interrupt people, this choice guarantees you have almost no friends, never meet new people, your life is set in its ways, your whole life will revolve around the people you work with, the people you are forced into conversations at work.
If you are number 2, your are ready to live the good life.
If you are the third option, you don't care, you don't want friendship, maybe you are shy, maybe you need lessons, maybe you are the right person to read this page.
There are categories of good conversation openers.
1. Notice, to notices something about a person, clothing, the location, all are good conversation openers. i.e. You have a nice scarf.
2. Ask questions; as simple as saying, where is the restroom? Where is the waitress?
3. Interrupt a conversation; yes, this works, many people jump into conversations, and insert words of wisdom, or annoy, there is an art to good conversation starters.
4. Ignore a person by design; there are many super popular people who need annoyed, this burns them, why is this person ignoring me? Strangely as it sounds, especially when a man is trying to meet a woman, best to ignore the person.
What are good conversation starters?
Truly, a good conversation starter is not the problem; we must first believe that having a conversation with anyone is of great value.
I remember when I was at Indiana University, we would go talk with the best friend of a girl we wished to know, made friends with the best friend, and this opened the door to talk with a girl of our dreams.
The best advice for good conversation starters is,
Say hello, and smile to most everyone, your life will be great.
Life is good, and when you leave a room,
Say goodbye, great manners will open any door.
Thank you, your friend, Andy Lee Graham
Guatemalans certainly set a very good example of greeting people, even if just in passing. This is also true of most of the Latin American countries I have lived in, and believe it or not, I found this to be true parts of Germany when I lived there, such as the Bavarian countryside, and in the small towns of the Black Forest area as well. It is, I think, such a lovely custom!
Were you in Baden Baden or Lahr
Sorry about the question marks lol. This is my first comment that I have posted. I visited Lahr once during the 1980s and lived in Kehl for 8 months and took a French course in Strasbourg. I had a blast.
My time in Germany was non military, but yes Monty061, the Schwarzwald was beautiful and I found the people to be so nice. Glad you enjoyed your time there! Ummm...not sure I'm doing this "response" posting right. We'll see what happens.
I'm finding giving a greeting in Turkish, then saying Hello in English with a big smile right in the eyes, is great. They may answer in English or say they don't know it or something. Then I say I don't know Turkish and we're off. Its about acceptance of each other and I find Turks to be very warm and responsive. I've had great conversations about the wonderful pouring rain and food and pains of old age while we both speak in our respective languages at the same time. Laughing and totally understanding each other. This happens with older people. The young usually have some English. Of course, I don't go around accosting every person I see. I just get a feel for when this would be fun.
Sounds wonderful! I do have a few favorite Mayan people around here who are happy to let me practice my very limited (but peraps improving little by little) Maya Kakchiquel on them. They are so warm and accepting and seemingly appreciative of my efforts, and interest. Great fun!