If you have ever visited any video service website or app and tried to communicate, you might have encountered a difficulty of starting a conversation and keep it up. The reason for this is that services are designed for people to chat with complete strangers, and chatting with complete strangers can be a daunting task. To overcome any kind of awkwardness in these very first minutes of a meeting you may use the tips set forth below.
To start with, one should be aware of the main taboo topics for conversations with any strangers both online and offline. These are pretty sensitive topics which may damage your relationship with another person in its very root. By knowing these taboo issues you will never violate the key principles of politeness and etiquette.
These taboo topics include:
- politics: a topic which always brings up a heated discussion in the company of close friends or among relatives should, nevertheless, never be the first touchpoint for two complete strangers;
- religion: some may find discussions of religious beliefs offensive and thus it is considered to be a taboo topic for people seeing each other for the first time;
- health: given that health relates to the person’s private life and is a quite sensitive subject to talk about, it should always be avoided during the first meetings;
- wealth/money: however curious you may be regarding the amount of income the other party of the conversation may receive, do not bring up this topic, at least during the first talk.
Five Subjects to Engage Your Talk Partner
The best way to start an online conversation would be to talk about the hobbies or things which interest the most. If you find out what a person’s hobbies are, you instantly know a lot more about them. Some examples of hobbies to discuss are: yoga, photography, working out, meditation, shopping, etc. So feel free to bring up any of these subjects in the conversation, this will take the heat out of the conversation.
Secondly, try to talk about school, university or work, depending on the age of the person. After all, people do spend large part of their lives at these places. And their work or school are often related to an area they are very passionate about. Their coworkers are also some of the people they spend the most time interacting with, so these topics will definitely be of interest.
Thirdly, traveling being the most favourite activity for the majority of video chats users is also worth discussing. As well as the topic of entertainment, being the fourth one to talk about. For some reason, people love talking about stories and the characters they feel like they know. There are always new ones coming out, so the topic never really gets outdated.
Lastly, try to talk about food! Everybody loves to eat, and thus enjoy talking about their personal tastes in food. If this is your first conversation with someone, then there is no point trying to figure out the meaning of life. Find out what type of food you should try!