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27 conversation starters to help you break the ice

Whether you’re stuck in line at the coffee counter or trying to make a new friend at Orientation Week, it’s crucial to have a bank of conversation starters up your sleeve. These 27 simple and cringe-proof suggestions are sure to get your conversation off to a flying start! For even more tips to help you avoid the awkwardness when meeting new people, check out our Shy Girls and Shy Guys Guides to Making Friends, or, if you’re feeling brave, give these creative one-liners a try!

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Whether you’re meeting a new colleague or trying to get a study friendship started,
talking to new people can be fun, exciting and at times kind of awkward…
Save yourself the effort and break the ice with one of these cool and cringe-proof
convo starters. And no, there’s not a single mention of the weather!
CONVERSATION STARTERS
TO HELP YOU BREAK THE ICE27
Get to know them…
Get past favourite colours and learn some interesting facts about your new acquaintance.
If you could time travel to
any time, past or future,
where would you go?
If you had to apply for a
reality TV show, which one
would you choose?
What is your favourite ice
cream topping?
What is your favourite
movie quote?
What was the last thing
you bought?
If you could live anywhere
in the world, where would
it be and why?
Do you sing in the shower?
What is your
favourite food?
If you had any super power,
what would it be?
Test their general knowledge…
Impress each other with your knowledge of weird and wonderful facts.
Which animals can last
longer without water
than a camel?
Rats and giraffes
How many eyelids does
a duck have?
3
What are the plastic
things on the end of
shoelaces called?
Aglets
What is a group of
kangaroos called?
A mob
What body part are
all human babies born
without?
Kneecaps
How many spiders does the
average human eat at night
throughout their lifetime?
8
Which is the only country
to have a non-rectangular
flag?
Nepal
According to Tina Turner,
what is the speed limit in
Nutbush?
25 MPH
What is the dot over the
letter ‘i’ called?
A tittle
Try a ‘Did you know…’
If all else fails you can always count on a fun fact to get the conversation going!
You share your birthday
with approximately 9
million other people
in the world
Thomas Edison, the
inventor of the light bulb,
was afraid of the dark
Arachibutyrophobia is
the fear of peanut butter
sticking to the roof of
your mouth
Your thigh bone is
stronger than concrete
A group of rhinos
is called a crash
There are no words in the
dictionary that rhyme
with orange, purple,
silver or month
When you sneeze all your
bodily functions stop, even
your heart
It’s impossible to lick
your elbow
An ostrich’s eye is bigger
than its brain
Sometimes the hardest part of meeting new people is getting the
conversation flowing, but with these convo starters at your disposal
you’ll be chatting up a storm in no time!
Can’t get enough? You’ll find more great conversation starters in our Shy Girls
and Shy Guys Guides to Making Friends, available at social.usq.edu.au.
social.usq.edu.au
CRICOS: QLD00244B NSW02225M TEQSA: PRV12081 13.3.C 06.2017

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27 conversation starters to help you break the ice

  • 1. Whether you’re meeting a new colleague or trying to get a study friendship started, talking to new people can be fun, exciting and at times kind of awkward… Save yourself the effort and break the ice with one of these cool and cringe-proof convo starters. And no, there’s not a single mention of the weather! CONVERSATION STARTERS TO HELP YOU BREAK THE ICE27 Get to know them… Get past favourite colours and learn some interesting facts about your new acquaintance. If you could time travel to any time, past or future, where would you go? If you had to apply for a reality TV show, which one would you choose? What is your favourite ice cream topping? What is your favourite movie quote? What was the last thing you bought? If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Do you sing in the shower? What is your favourite food? If you had any super power, what would it be? Test their general knowledge… Impress each other with your knowledge of weird and wonderful facts. Which animals can last longer without water than a camel? Rats and giraffes How many eyelids does a duck have? 3 What are the plastic things on the end of shoelaces called? Aglets What is a group of kangaroos called? A mob What body part are all human babies born without? Kneecaps How many spiders does the average human eat at night throughout their lifetime? 8 Which is the only country to have a non-rectangular flag? Nepal According to Tina Turner, what is the speed limit in Nutbush? 25 MPH What is the dot over the letter ‘i’ called? A tittle Try a ‘Did you know…’ If all else fails you can always count on a fun fact to get the conversation going! You share your birthday with approximately 9 million other people in the world Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, was afraid of the dark Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth Your thigh bone is stronger than concrete A group of rhinos is called a crash There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple, silver or month When you sneeze all your bodily functions stop, even your heart It’s impossible to lick your elbow An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain Sometimes the hardest part of meeting new people is getting the conversation flowing, but with these convo starters at your disposal you’ll be chatting up a storm in no time! Can’t get enough? You’ll find more great conversation starters in our Shy Girls and Shy Guys Guides to Making Friends, available at social.usq.edu.au. social.usq.edu.au CRICOS: QLD00244B NSW02225M TEQSA: PRV12081 13.3.C 06.2017