Have you ever been seated next to a person whose conversation talents flatlined? Or, perhaps you yourself have had “one-of-those-days” and you’re out of chat fuel. Author/TV personality Barbara Walters wrote “How to Talk to Practically Anyone About Anything.” It became the bible for those who chit chat.
As a public service for the holiday feasting up ahead, may we provide for your consideration some topics for you to present:
- “If you were creating a 21st century Mount Rushmore, who would be the four U.S. presidents that you would have in place? They must have died since 1941. This collection only includes Franklin Roosevelt, Harry S Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.
- “If you only had one question, what would you ask God?”
- “When it comes to time travel, would you go back in time or forward?”
- “List in order of importance your senses — sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.”
- “Close your eyes and describe the person seated on the other side of you.”
- “Which would you prefer – a month stay in your favorite place or a year-long cruise around the world?”
- “What was your favorite decade?”
- Favorite movie — “Inherit the Wind” or “2001: A Space Odyssey”?
- “If you drove cross country, who would like to be the other three people in the car with you?”
- “If you had to lose weight or wrinkles, which would you pick?”
- “When was the last time you got a traffic ticket and why?”
- “Favorite book — “Gone With the Wind” or “To Kill A Mockingbird”?
- “What was your favorite commercial as a kid?”
- “Which is more important — exploring the depth of the sea or outer space?”
If none of these work, then the final question would be, “How long have you been dead?”