Do you have a go-to icebreaker when a conversation gets awkward?
Getting to know someone on a first date can often be awkward. With that in mind, Elite Daily has compiled this list of icebreakers to keep the conversation flowing:
- Draw out the details. Ask about anything: why they ordered a particular drink, the story behind their tattoo, what they did today.
- Ask open-ended questions. Get the conversation flowing by asking questions that can’t be fully answered with a “yes,” “no” or any other kind of one-word response.
- Find out more about them as a person. Here are some good starter questions: How would you describe yourself in three words? What’s the most daring thing you have ever done? When was the last time you laughed until you cried?
- Use your body. This includes little moves such as facing someone when speaking to them, or maintaining open and positive posture or intimate spacing.
- Crack a joke. This only works if you’re on the same page, humor-wise.
- Address the awkwardness. If things aren’t jiving, a simple, “I have to be honest, I’m struggling in this conversation,” can work.
- Remember: First dates are bound to be a bit awkward. Don’t let the awkwardness of a first date deter you; they’re meant to be somewhat messy.