Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US, and all kinds of different gatherings are coming up over the next couple of months.
Each time we gather family and friends around holiday tables, there’s tremendous opportunity for meaningful connection and deep, heartfelt conversation.
And there’s also tremendous tendency toward small talk, feeling like you’re having to pull teeth to make conversation, and long, awkward pauses because no one knows what to say.
I get a lot of anxiety in social situations (though most people would never guess it from my gregarious presentation), and as soon as the conversation and connection halt, I feel myself scrambling for a hand-hold on a cliff that’s crumbling beneath my fingers.
In short, when conversation falters, I panic.
If you, like me, have a desire to have a holiday season full of meaningful connections with the people you love, instead of a string of stilted conversations and moments where you don’t know what else to say other than, “Well, isn’t this turkey delicious?”, I’ve got something for you.
Give one, two, or all seven of these a go tomorrow at Thanksgiving or anytime throughout the holiday season (or beyond). They’ll make you feel more connected to new people, closer to the people in your life you want to connect with on a deeper level, and to fall more in love with the people you hold most dear.
May your holiday season be filled with more laughter, joy, and love and less (or no) awkward silences.
Which one of these conversation starters is your favorite? What’s another favorite question to ask people to go beyond small talk and awkwardness? Tell me in the comments. I’m always looking to build my supply of great conversation fodder!
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